October 16, 2013, 7:45 am -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- The Tate Britain's major exhibition for spring 2014 will offer a slightly different angle to its usual explorations of the works of individual painters and sculptors. Kenneth Clark will instead be dedicated to examining the impact of art historian, public servant and broadcaster Kenneth Clark (1903–1983), who is widely seen as one of the most influential figures in British art of the twentieth century. The exhibition examines Clark's role as a patron and collector, art historian, public servant and broadcaster, and celebrates his contribution to bringing art in the twentieth century to a more popular audience. The exhibition will take place between 20 th May and 10 th August 2014 and will be at the Tate Britain's gallery in Pimlico, located close to Victoria stations. Visitors to London planning their holiday and looking for cheap London hotel rooms should visit LondonTown.com, London's best website for deals on hotels.
The Tate's exhibition focuses predominantly on Clark's activities in the 1930s and 1940s when he was a leading supporter and promoter of contemporary British art and artists. Using his own wealth to help artists, Clark would not only buy works from those he admired but also provides financial support to allow them to work freely, offered commissions, and worked to ensure artists' works entered prestigious collections. Believing that a crisis in patronage had led artists to become too detached from the rest of society, Clark promoted a representational art that was both modern and rooted in tradition. The artists he favoured included the Bloomsbury Group, the painters of the Euston Road School, and leading figures Henry Moore, Victor Pasmore, John Piper and Graham Sutherland.
With the outbreak of war in 1939, Clark's private patronage became a state project when he instigated the War Artists Advisory Committee to employ artists to record the war. Through the commissioning of such iconic works as Moore's Shelter Drawings and Sutherland's and Piper's images of the Blitz he ensured that the neo-Romantic spirit that those artists' work embodied became the dominant art of the period. The exhibition will feature many of these important works as well as those of other artists that Clark worked with and encouraged.
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