Jack Smith: The Written and the Diagrammatic, Paintings and Drawings 1965–77

Serpentine South Gallery 21 Jan — 19 Feb 1978 Free

The paintings in this exhibition dated from the previous 12 years and were what Jack Smith called “diagrams of experience or sensation.”

Sheffield-born Smith (1928-2011) was a painter known both for his early neo-realist works and his later abstractions.

In the paintings and the two dozen drawings featured in the Serpentine show, Smith was seeking beauty in the juxtaposition of elements within a work, and to create pieces which “stood outside the hysteria of one’s own time.”

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