John Piper

Tate Liverpool

17 November 2017 – 18 March 2018

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John Piper’s relationships with the British landscape and artists including Jean Arp and Georges Braque are explored in this major show consisting of more than 40 works.

John Piper, Construction 1934, 1967

Surrey-born painter, printmaker and stained-glass designer John Piper (1903-1992) worked across a diverse range of practices throughout his career, but a constant was his affinity with his native landscape. This takes centre stage in Tate Liverpool’s sizeable autumn show, which aims to offer a new perspective on Piper’s depictions of natural and urban environments.

The exhibition also emphasises Piper’s relationship with international artists and the dialogue between them – exploring the influence of figures like Arp and Braque, and Piper’s own influence, in turn, on modern art in Britain from the 1930s onwards.

Paintings, reliefs and collages such as the cubist-influenced Beach with Starfish (1993-34) chart his stylistic development from representational art through abstraction, while a display of selected works by contemporaries including Alexander Calder and Jean Hélion helps illuminate Piper’s role as a champion of international abstract art in Britain. 

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Examples of Piper’s work with traditional practices such as stained glass and stone carvings. One of Piper’s most well-known stained glass designs is his centrepiece for Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral – this exhibition marks 50 years since its consecration.

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Opening times

Daily, 10am - 5pm
(20 May – 18 Sep until 5.50pm)

Closed on 24 – 26 Dec and Good Fri

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