Magazine article Tate Etc.

Art Movements

Magazine article Tate Etc.

Art Movements

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Known by its detractors as the Objectionable Obstructionists, this disparate group lasted only a couple of years in the early 1930 s. It was an eclectic gathering of artists that included Rodrigo Moynihan, Graham Bell, Geoffrey Tibbie, Edgar Hubert and William Coldstream, characterised in style by their abstractions made with long, broad brush strokes and relying on the energies of thick paint. Their pictures were, as Tibbie put it rather opaquely, 'not abstracted from nature, and which made no reference to and had no associations with anything outside themselves'.

An exhibition of Objective Abstractions organised by Moynihan was held in 1934 at the Zwemmer Gallery, London, and included work by Ceri Richards, Ivon Hitchens and Victor Pasmore. Staged during a wider exploration of abstraction in Britain in the early 1930s, it was particularly well received, although one feisty critic at the time likened some of the work to the 'bottom of a parrot cage'. …

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