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Selling the Moderns: the Leicester Galleries between the wars

Wednesday 30th October 2013


Henry Moore show at the Leicester Galleries, November 1936

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Between 1902 and 1963 one of the best known commercial art galleries in London was in Leicester Square. Nevinson, Paul Nash, Epstein and Moore were just a few of the modern British artists whose work they promoted. Matisse and Picasso were among the continental modernists whose first one-man shows in Britain took place there. This talk will provide glimpses of the London art world between the Wars and examine the ups and downs, controversies and triumphs of the modern art trade during a period when the Arts Council did not exist, the Tate was still deeply conservative and the commercial galleries and artists' groups were the main promoters of Modern Art.

Dr Evelyn Silber is an art historian and former Director of Leeds Museums and Galleries. She has published extensively on the history of sculpture.