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Gallery One

London, United Kingdom

The significance of Gallery One was alluded to by Kobena Mercer, in his text, Black Atlantic Abstraction: Aubrey Williams and Frank Bowling, in his book Discrepant Abstraction: “Gallery One, set up by Victor Musgrave in 1953, hosted five exhibitions by the Bombay artist Francis Newton Souza, as well as exhibiting avant-garde Europeans such as Yves Klein and Henri Michaux for the first time in Britain. Such openness towards non-western artists was part and parcel of a broader generational shift. Artists such as Souza, Anwar Shemza and Avinash Chandra, who had already achieved professional recognition in India and Pakistan, featured in Gallery One’s widely acclaimed Seven Painters in Europe (1958) exhibition.”

Discrepant Abstraction, The MIT Press, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts and INIVA the Institute of International Visual Arts, London. 2006: 186.

 

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»  Victor Musgrave

Born, 1919. Died, 1984

Gallery One | Ten Years

Group show at Gallery One. 1963
Date: 19 August, 1963 until 6 September, 1963
Curator: Victor Musgrave
Organiser: Gallery One

Victor Musgrave was the curator and art dealer who ran the pioneering visual art space, Gallery One. It was his introduction to the catalogue GALLERY ONE | TEN YEARS that graced its cover. Musgrave wrote, “Here is a selection from some of the artists we have presented over the last ten years. It includes British artists who had their first one man showings at this gallery (Henry Mundy, Gwyther Irwin, F. N. Souza, Bridget Riley, and others) as well as the first exhibitions in England of such artists as Henri Michaux, Rufino Tamayo, Enrico Baj, and Kemen.

     …Our artists have been prizewinners in every one of the John Moores Liverpool Exhibitions since they began. The acceptance in this country and then abroad of the work of Souza paved the way more easily for other exponents of the post-war Indian school, and such group exhibitions as ‘Oeuvres d’Art Transformables’ in 1958 brought together in London the newcomers and the pioneers of optical, kinetic and mechanical works of art - Man Ray, Duchamp, Albers, Agam, Bury, Tinguely, Vasarely, and others.

     To our many friends among artists, collectors, the public and the critics we have pleasure in offering, with regret for omissions due to lack of space, this resumé of a decade’s activities.”

The exhibition featured work by some 37 artists, plus exhibits relating to Seven Indian Painters, Oeuvres d’Art Transformables, the Contemporary Nude, Festival of Misfits, and Coal Hole Covers. The individual artists represented included Tyeb Mehta (born Bombay, 1925, who first exhibited at Gallery One in 1962), Gillian Ayres (born 1930, who first had a solo exhibition at Gallery One in 1956), F. N. Souza, (born Goa, 1924, who first had a solo exhibition at Gallery One in 1955), Bridget Riley, (born 1931, who first had a solo exhibition at Gallery One in 1962), and Hussein Shariffe, (born 1937, who first had a solo exhibition at Gallery One in 1959).

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Born, 1919. Died, 1984

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London, United Kingdom

Gallery One | Ten Years

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1963
Published by: Gallery One
Year published: 1963
Unpaginated.

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Victor Musgrave was the curator and art dealer who ran the pioneering visual art space, Gallery One. It was his introduction to this unpaginated catalogue GALLERY ONE | TEN YEARS that graced its cover. Musgrave wrote, “Here is a selection from some of the artists we have presented over the last ten years. It includes British artists who had their first one man showings at this gallery (Henry Mundy, Gwyther Irwin, F. N. Souza, Bridget Riley, and others) as well as the first exhibitions in England of such artists as Henri Michaux, Rufino Tamayo, Enrico Baj, and Kemen.

     …Our artists have been prizewinners in every one of the John Moores Liverpool Exhibitions since they began. The acceptance in this country and then abroad of the work of Souza paved the way more easily for other exponents of the post-war Indian school, and such group exhibitions as ‘Oeuvres d’Art Transformables’ in 1958 brought together in London the newcomers and the pioneers of optical, kinetic and mechanical works of art - Man Ray, Duchamp, Albers, Agam, Bury, Tinguely, Vasarely, and others.

     To our many friends among artists, collectors, the public and the critics we have pleasure in offering, with regret for omissions due to lack of space, this resumé of a decade’s activities.”

The exhibition featured work by some 37 artists, plus exhibits relating to Seven Indian Painters, Oeuvres d’Art Transformables, the Contemporary Nude, Festival of Misfits, and Coal Hole Covers. The individual artists represented included Tyeb Mehta (born Bombay, 1925, who first exhibited at Gallery One in 1962), Gillian Ayres (born 1930, who first had a solo exhibition at Gallery One in 1956), F. N. Souza, (born Goa, 1924, who first had a solo exhibition at Gallery One in 1955), Bridget Riley, (born 1931, who first had a solo exhibition at Gallery One in 1962), and Hussein Shariffe, (born 1937, who first had a solo exhibition at Gallery One in 1959).

The oversize catalogue featured several sizeable monochrome reproductions of work - F N Souza’s The Supper at Emmaus (In the Collection of Contemporary Art Society); Christopher Sturgess-Lief’s Gathering, 1961; Bridget Riley’s Ascending and Descending (Hero), 1963; George Fullard’s Striding woman and child (undated); and Martin Bradley’s The Garden, 1961. These reproductions intersperse the listed brief biographical references to the contributors to the exhibition.

Contents as follows:

Introduction by Victor Musgrave, plus exhibition dates, and date and time of Private view - front cover

Ten pages of brief biographical sketches, interspersed with several monochrome reproductions, as referenced above

Back cover, references to the artists represented by Gallery One, plus a list of artists whose works are available at Gallery One, plus a reference to Gallery One’s next exhibition, Bridget Riley, scheduled to open 9 September 1963.

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»  Gwyther Irwin

Born, 1931

»  John Latham

Born, 1921 in Africa

»  Bridget Riley

Born, 1931 in London

»  Francis Newton Souza

Born, 1924 in Goa, India. Died, 2002

»  Rufino Tamayo

Born, 1899 in Oaxaca, Mexico

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