The crew with no name
Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of FriendshipTowner Gallery, Eastbourne
27 May – 17 September 2017
Curated by Andy Friend
Exhibition design by Webb & Webb
This ambitious exhibition throws light on a circle of artists and designers grouped loosely around Eric Ravilious (1903-42). In Eastbourne’s Towner Gallery there were more than 500 artefacts; in Sheffield’s smaller space there are still more than 400. Ravilious, Edward Bawden and the Nash brothers Paul and John have had their work and lives reasonably well documented, but Andy Friend’s curation puts them into new contexts. Others, including Ravilious’s wife Tirzah Garwood and his on-off mistress Helen Binyon deserve further attention. Other characters in Friend’s survey include Peggy Angus, Douglas Percy Bliss, Barnett Freedman, Thomas Hennell, Percy Horton and Enid Marx …
Wood engraving designed by Eric Ravilious for the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, 1938, and still in use.
Top: Installation view of ‘Ravilious & Co’ at Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, 2017. Exhibition design by Webb & Webb. Photograph: Alison Bettles.
John L. Walters, editor of Eye, London
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