Michael Craig-Martin RA’s arrangement in this room
deliberately emphasises the classical proportions of the gallery.
The visitor’s first view of the exhibition contrasts the classically inspired sculpture by Matthew Darbyshire against the minimalist, geometrically inspired work by Alan Charlton that hangs on the back wall of this gallery. The visual play between contemporary works and a building with a centuries-rich tradition of exhibition and teaching raises interesting questions about today’s artists and their debt to art history.
The careful selection of works and sensitivity to the gallery space in their placement creates a sense of harmony and resolve: a celebration of the combined talents of the artists represented here.