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Exhibitions

Arts | By Huon Mallalileu | January 2018


PAUL NASH AND THE UNCANNY LANDSCAPE

THE 2017 SUNDAY TIMES WATERCOLOUR COMPETITION

PAUL NASH AND THE UNCANNY LANDSCAPE York Art Gallery, to 15th April The violent upheaval of the pastoral and romantic landscape tradition caused by the First World War had a significant effect on Paul Nash, and his post-war work reflected this. This exhibition, curated by John Stezaker, considers how Nash and his contemporaries reacted to that dislocation, and explores the new lease of life they gave to landscape painting, highlighting Nash’s influence on British artists throughout the 20th century and beyond. The show includes photographic collages by Stezaker, who was born in 1949, including landscapes created in response to the ‘uncanny’ theme. According to Stezaker, ‘In the immediate aftermath of the war, when Nash was working at Dymchurch, a much more disturbing spatial order emerged. He felt a kinship with surrealist contemporaries like de Chirico and Magritte, but his particular contribution to British art was to keep this estranged sense...

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