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A Sixties Kaleidoscope at the Walker Art Gallery

Art from the Swinging Sixties will herald the start of 2018 in kaleidoscopic colour and form.

Paintings by Op Art luminaries like Bridget Riley and Pop Art exponent Joe Tilson will be shown with sculptures by artists including Anthony Caro and Eduardo Paolozzi in a free touring exhibition arriving at the Walker Art Gallery in February.

Kaleidoscope: Colour and Squence in 1960s British Art, which features the work of more than 20 artists, takes a fresh look at the country’s abstract art which, during the decade, was recognised for its use of vivid colours and textures coupled with a strong sense of symmetry or sequence.

The show, which comes from the Arts Council Collection, explores the relationship between ‘colour and form, rationality and irrationality, order and waywardness’.

It examines the art of the 1960s and explores the radical transformation of British painting and sculpture during the decade.

Point X by Phillip King (1965)

Sandra Penketh, Director of Art Galleries at National Museums Liverpool, explains: “The 1960s was a hugely influential decade in Britain. Many artists expressed themselves through their clever use of pattern, shape and colour. These stylistic preferences were also reflected in other areas of popular culture at the time, including fashion and interior design.

“Kaleidoscope invites us to walk around some of the wonderful works on display, taking in sculptures from different angles and enjoying the fabulous bold colours and shapes on show."

Kaleidoscope: Colour and Sequence in 1960s British Art is at the Walker Art Gallery from February 24 to June 3.

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