Anthony Whishaw LG exhibition at the RA re-opens on August 5th.
The Tennant Gallery, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
5—16 Aug 2020
This free display explores the powerful influence Spain has had on the work of Anthony Whishaw RA, from his first visit in 1951 through to the present day.
The huge panoramic abstract canvas Matadero Municipal (1983-96) uses deep reds and orange to conjure an abattoir’s interior with motifs of a bull’s skull and brand markings. In contrast Whishaw’s very small paintings of the Reverie series recall an encounter with a solitary old woman who was the last person living in a crumbling, deserted Spanish village. The intensity of Whishaw’s experience of Spain has woven its way through his career for nearly 70 years.