London

London

Patrick Heron

Tate Britain
Millbank
June 25–September 6, 1998

As a critic and artist, Patrick Heron has long played the role of David in his defense of postwar British abstraction against the American Goliath of AbEx. French giants such as Matisse and Braque influenced his painting early on and were the subjects of his subtlest writings on art. Since the ’60s the retinal impact of pure color has been at the heart of his work. This eighty-painting retrospective should enable us to see whether David hit the target or fell wide of the mark. The catalogue features texts on the artist by the exhibition’s curator, David Sylvester, and by Martin Gayford and A.S. Byatt. June 25–Sept. 6; travels to Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.