Ken Kiff: Paintings 1965–85

Serpentine South Gallery 11 Jan — 23 Feb 1986 Free

The paintings in this exhibition spanned 20 years of Ken Kiff’s career.

Kiff (1935-2001) worked in many genres. As Timothy Hyman noted in the catalogue accompanying the exhibition, Kiff “painted wonderful portraits…and he might in the same day pass from some tiny fusion of flowers and a donkey, to some large-scale canvas whose imagery is violently archetypal, or demonic.”

The show, although not a retrospective, encompassed major bodies of Kiff’s art and was the largest presentation of his work at the time. The exhibition included about 80 works: temperas, acrylics, watercolours, and a selection of drawings.

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