BRITISH POST WAR PUBLIC ART EXHIBITION
THURSDAY 28 SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY 22 OCTOBER 2017 34 WIGMORE STREET LONDON W1
Prompted by 2016 exhibition, ‘OUT THERE: Our Post-War Public Art’ held at London’s Somerset House. Margaret Howell have commissioned fine art photographer, Simon Phipps, to photograph a selection of sculptures, which currently remain in public locations throughout Britain. The exhibition will take place in our Wigmore Street shop.
In the post-war decades, following destruction from World War II, a large number of innovative sculptures were commissioned by both public and private organisations with an aim to enhance the lives of local communities. These sculptures were placed in public housing estates, university campuses and new town shopping centres, ensuring the art was accessible to all. Whilst some have been looked after and become cherished parts of the landscape, many others have suffered vandalism, theft and neglect.
“It’s an invaluable gift to have art in public spaces where any one of us can incorporate it into our daily lives without the reverential setting of a museum or art gallery. Feeling free to have a personal opinion, we are more likely to connect with these powerful statements. They define a place, they become a landmark, they become ours.
For our 2018 calendar we have chosen to photograph 12 post war sculptures that remain in their original settings. They can still inspire and provoke and so enter our lives.” – MARGARET HOWELL
Simon Phipps’ photographs celebrate rich surfaces and strong shadows, his background as a sculptor draws him to the way light falls on each one. Simon’s portfolio of work includes the ‘Brutalist London Map’ and the forthcoming book ‘Finding Brutalism’.
British Post-War Public Art also forms the content of the Margaret Howell calendar 2018. These 12 examples are a tiny fraction of a vast outdoor gallery and are an extraordinary public resource. The calendar is available to buy in our shops and online.
Profits from the sale of this calendar will be donated to Open-City.