Between visits to the New Art West Midlands shows the High Sheriff sped up the Bristol Road to the Barber Institute on the Birmingham University Campus to see the abstract show – Chance, Order, Change.
Hung in the Lady Barber Gallery the exhibition is from a private collection and features Abstract paintings from 1939 – 1989
Josef Albers, Bridget Riley, Victor Pasmore, Ad Reinhardt and Sean Scully: some of the most influential artists of the later 20th century feature in this exciting exhibition, which forms the centrepiece of the Barber spring programme. It is rare opportunity to see paintings by these artists first hand and rewards the visit. The bridget riley and albers are particularly good to see.
In the entrance hall there is a call to describe a painting in 3 words.
While in the Barber its good to see some great works including the immense still life by Jan Davidz de Heem.
Since I last visited there has been a new acquisition through the HM Government Tax in Liu of inheritance Scheme administered by the Arts Council. This painting is from Auerbach’s long term friend Lucien Freud.
The HM Scheme is chaired by our High Sheriff of Herefordshire Edward Harley. The abstract exhibition is open until the 8th of May.