New Generation

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The title of four exhibitions, sponsored by the Peter Stuyvesant [tobacco company] Foundation, held at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, in 1964, 1965, 1966, and 1968, with the aim of introducing young British painters and sculptors to the public. Op and Pop art were well represented, but the series is best remembered for the 1965 exhibition, which featured a group of sculptors who were seen as creating a new school of British abstract sculpture, largely under the influence of Anthony Caro (most of them had been his pupils at St Martin's School of Art). Subsequently their work has been referred to as ‘New Generation Sculpture’. The leading figures were Phillip King, Tim Scott (b1937), and William Tucker. William Turnbull is generally grouped with them, even though he did not train at St Martin's or show at the New Generation exhibition. Their work had in common a liking for simple shapes and strong colours—sometimes close to Minimal art, sometimes with a Pop flavour.

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