Richard Smith: Kites (on display at the Edge)
Smith’s most innovative and ambitious paintings were initially made locally in the 1970s at his studio in the village of East Tytherton, near Chippenham. With these, Smith released the canvas from its stretcher to make loose, unframed works that he dubbed Kites. The most dynamic of these were removed from the wall, hanging instead from the ceiling above viewers’ heads. One of these¸ The Shuttle, was first shown at Smith’s major retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery in 1975. Hanging 7 metres high and 9 metres long, it must be one of the largest paintings ever made in the UK. We are excited to be presenting this major work to UK audiences for the first time since that important occasion.
The Edge is open from 11am to 4pm Wednesday to Saturday, admission is free.
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Image: Richard Smith The Shuttle, 1975, courtesy Flowers Gallery