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Serge Poliakoff: Silent Paintings
Serge Poliakoff: Silent Paintings, 14 January21 February 2015, London

Timothy Taylor Gallery is proud to be introducing 2015 with a solo presentation of Serge Poliakoff’s paintings – the first of its kind in the UK since his 1963 retrospective at the Whitechapel Gallery.

Important late works are juxtaposed with a small selection of works from 1950 and 1951, in order to illustrate the circular nature of Poliakoff’s practice. By pairing certain works together what becomes apparent is a distinct return to form. Poliakoff made a decisive departure into pure abstraction following a period of study in London in the mid-1930s. From 1950, his paintings explored simple forms, floating in harmonious compositions and made from pure colour, which the artist returned to and explored further at the very end of his career. These latter paintings, often referred to as ‘silent paintings’, exemplify a language of abstraction in which colour is paramount. Speaking of these works, Poliakoff stated: “It is not necessary to explain these paintings, nor to write about them – it is right to remain silent, your works should speak for themselves”.

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