Joe Tilson at 90

Joe Tilson Marlborough Gallery

In celebration of Joe Tilson’s 90th birthday, Marlborough is presenting an exhibition of the artist’s preparatory work for the Royal Academy’s 250th-anniversary commemoration flags.

Four sets of flags designed by Royal Academicians are currently hanging the entire length of Regent Street, Piccadilly, Bond Street and Lower Regent Street. The exhibition is a rare opportunity for a short time to see a modern master’s preparatory works on paper which have never been exhibited before. The flags themselves are on view until 31 August 2018 along Regent Street. The flags depict details from The Stones of Venice series which have been enlarged. The works combine images from church facades, geometric patterns on stone flooring, and written inscriptions. In an age dominated by sleek fabrication and the ‘perfect’ finish of industrial production, Tilson’s work is defiantly handmade. Tilson’s identity as a leading figure in British Pop Art in the 1960s changed in the 1970s after his disenchantment with the promise of technology. His paintings emanate from a desire to ground himself in timeless, ancient systems of thought, and ways of making sense of the world. As the artist enters his tenth decade these flags convey the joy he continues to experience in response to art, architecture and culture.

There will also be a display of Tilson’s prints in the Academician’s room at the Royal Academy of Arts until the end of August as well as at Alan Cristea Gallery 1 – 21 September.

Duration 28 August 2018 - 08 September 2018
Times Monday - Friday: 10am - 5.30pm Saturday: 10am - 4.00pm
Cost Free
Venue Marlborough London
Address 6 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BY
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