Leon Kossoff



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Kossoff, together with Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, RB Kitaj and Michael Andrews is one of the group of senior British painters collectively known as the School of London. In this context his work had been seen in major museum shows in Europe, but the British pavilion exhibition provided the first opportunity for his paintings to be seen in depth in a solo show outside Britain. The exhibition concentrated on his recent works, including paintings from the last decade. The subjects, which have remained constant throughout the artist’s long career, are all present in the exhibition: portraits of family and regular sitters, nudes and most specifically, the city of London, its people, buildings, underground stations and railways.

Scuola San Pasquale
General Release: Young British Artists

The artists selected for this exhibition were representative of a wave of young British artists who had emerged since the selection of the last Aperto in 1993. This generation, born in the mid to late sixties, employed a wide range of media, ranging from painting to video to photography, using the most recent technology. The exhibition was strongly marked by this diversity of expression, while a number of common concerns were also revealed in the work. There was a strong quota of filmic references, and a conspicuous return to the personal and the everyday as a source of material, both in the literal and the narrative sense. This was employed to explore historical, scientific and sociological themes.

Commissioner: Andrea Rose (British Council).
Deputy Commissioners: Brendan Griggs (British Council) and Richard Riley (British Council).

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Scuola San Pasquale - General Release: Young British Artists
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  • » Jake Chapman
  • » Adam Chodzko
  • » Matthew Dalziel
  • » Tacita Dean
  • Cerith Wyn Evans
  • » Ceal Floyer
  • Tom Gidley
  • » Douglas Gordon
  • Lucy Gunning
  • Jaki Irvine
  • Louise Scullion
  • » Sam Taylor-Wood
  • » Jane and Louise Wilson
  • » Elizabeth Wright

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