Thursday 5 March 2020

2020 Vision: Looking Forward


I began 2020 looking back at what was, for art in Kettering, a very busy 2019.

2020 has started in the same positive way with a fantastic new exhibition at the Art Gallery.

Art from the Tate collection has come to Kettering for the first time and features in a stunning new exhibition in the Alfred East Art Gallery. Modernist work from artists such as Leon Kossoff and Howard Hodgkin are on show in Kettering’s art gallery, complementing and enhancing the wide variety of art in the core collection.

(2020 vision: works by Leon Kossoff from the Kettering collection and the Tate collection, side-by-side) 

The exhibition closes on March 7th so it is worth getting down to enjoy these paintings over the next few days.

The carefully relaxed mood of the hanging reminds us how moving simple abstract works can be.  A triumph - although,as the Gallery team expected, not all agree.

(stunning and striking modernist canvasses in Kettering's 2020 exhibition) 

(John Piper)

(Howard Hodgkin)

The exhibition has enjoyed some welcome sponsorship and the opening night was certainly a convivial occasion.  A landmark in the history of the Alfred East Gallery - and let's hope it opens the way for more exhibitions of this sort.

Key loans for the 2020 Vision exhibition have been made possible through The Ferryman Project: Sharing Works of Art which is supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the John Ellerman Foundation and the Art Fund.