January 28, 2021 – March 14, 2021
Taking Stock marks the end of Flowers Gallery’s 50th anniversary year, showcasing key works from its archive by artists that have contributed not only to the Gallery’s legacy but to the canon of contemporary art. This exhibition celebrates both the diversities and unities of abstract art, each piece uniquely blurring the boundaries of category, medium, time and place. Never before have all ten artists been shown together.
Matthew Flowers, who has been the Gallery’s Managing Director since 1989, digitally guides visitors through the exhibition. He reflects on the Gallery’s commitment to abstraction throughout its history, specifically recalling the acclaimed 1994 group exhibition British Abstract Art – Part 1, Painting, which featured many of the leading living abstract painters including Patrick Heron, Bridget Riley, Tess Jaray, Sean Scully, Michael Kidner, Robyn Denny and John Hoyland. This exhibition was a collaboration with the late English curator and critic Bryan Robertson, who introduced Flowers to many of the abstract artists on display in this presentation.