Kitaj: Portraits and Reflections
9 July – 8 October 2011
This is the first major retrospective on these shores of the work of RB Kitaj since his death in 2007, and since the fateful show organised by Tate in 1994.
Such was the tide of criticism leveled at Kitaj after this exhibition that he later accused the critics of causing his wife's fatal aneurism. Having lived in the UK for 40 years, and become a leading light of what he himself termed 'The School of London', he returned to the States, saying: 'When Sandra died under enemy fire, London also died for me.'The 50 paintings and works on paper on show at the Abbot Hall Art Gallery offer the opportunity for a reappraisal of the work of an artist who took as his subject the full scope of the human condition. The gallery has selected the works 'from the point of view of Kitaj's own concept of painting as portraiture in its broadest sense'. It includes many self portraits and portraits of thinkers, poets and artists including Isaiah Berlin, Robert Creeley and David Hockney.Find out more.