This exhibition examines why radical artists and writers were drawn to the rolling hills, seaside resorts, and quaint villages of Sussex in the first half of the 20th century and how, in the communities they created, artistic innovation ran hand in-hand with political, sexual and domestic experimentation.
The exhibition puts together some of the leading artist from Sussex, tracing the connections and the map of influence of various locations along the south coast. Sussex became attractive to many artists in the interwar years establishing for future generations some very interesting art collections and after 1945, the Surrealists and other continental artists came over to stay and work.
Some of the artists are as follows: Eric Ravilious, Eric Gill, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, David Jones, László Moholy-Nagy, Henry Moore, John Piper, Peggy Angus, Edward Wadsworth, Lee Miller and Edward Burra, the exhibition also acknowledges Edward James, a famous collector of Surrealist art who had a Surrealist house called Monkton.
To complement the exhibition a soundscape has been created by Daniel Mackenzie based around an archive of sounds and readings.
I particularly liked the Edward Burra painting of a skull in a green landscape and a piece of carpet from Edward James’s house depicting his wife’s Tilly Losch footprints which he replaced with dog prints after an acrimonious divorce.
The staff here are very welcoming and informative. A very enjoyable visit, I will definitely go back.
Two Temple Place – London
Exhibition open until 23rd April 2017 – Free