Serpentine South Gallery 28 Jan — 29 Feb 1976 Free

The Serpentine Gallery held a retrospective of Tom Phillips’ work completed between 1962 and 1974.

Born in London in 1937, Royal Academician Tom Phillips is a painter and printmaker who studied under Frank Auerbach at Camberwell School of Art. As a teacher himself, Phillips taught Brian Eno. It was perhaps not coincidental that music has long been a passion and a significant element of Phillips' own life and work.

The exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery revealed Phillips’ wide range of source material from Victorian W. H. Mallock’s A Human Document (which Phillips reconstructed in his ongoing A Humument series), to postcards such as one depicting Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin with a re-touched Union Jack flag.


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