The First 50 Years of The London Group 1913-1963
A Centenary Exhibition
Exhibiton dates: 19th November - 24th December 2013
The London Group exploded onto the British art scene in 1913 as a radical alternative to the art establishment and in the wake of two modernist exhibiting platforms, Frank Rutter's liberal Allied Artists’ Association and The Camden Town Group, headed by Walter Sickert, whose members the new group absorbed. The first minuted meeting took place on 25 October 1913, and Jacob Epstein is credited with coining the Group's name the following month. The opening of the two centenary shows coincides closely with these two significant dates. The Ben Uri Gallery in London is currently staging an important public exhibition showing some of the iconic works exhibited during the Group's first 50 years. The Court Gallery will be staging an online selling exhibition to compliment the Ben Uri show.
The exhibition will contain works by many of the founding members of the Group including - Robert Bevan, Malcolm Drummond, Harold Gilman and Spencer Gore. The early Vorticist element in the Group will be represented by important works by Cuthbert Hamilton, C. R. W. Nevinson, David Bomberg and William Roberts. By the early 1920s, the Bloomsbury artists Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and Roger Fry became key players within The London Group.
As the spearhead of modernism in Britain The London Group provoked heated controversy, but by 1937 the News Chronicle was describing the Group as 'The Intelligent Man's Royal Academy'.