A retrospective look at the works of late British abstract painter John Hoyland will open Damien Hirst’s newly constructed Newport Street Gallery in Lambeth, South London this fall. Entitled “Power Stations,” the display will feature works drawn entirely from Hirst’s own collection of Hoyland’s paintings and span the formative years of the artist’s career, from 1964 to 1982. With entry set to be free of charge, “Power Stations” will occupy all six of the Newport Street Gallery’s spaces. Said Hoyland’s widow Beverley Heath-Hoyland of the exhibit:
John was absolutely over the moon that Damien was passionate about his work, and I’m just so pleased he knew before he died of Damien’s plans to use his work for his inaugural show. It’s a wonderful gesture and I only wish John was with us to see it finally come to fruition. Damien chose the earlier works as those are the ones he grew up with and was inspired by at art college. John, like Damien, couldn’t understand why in Britain we tend to celebrate non-figurative painters from other parts of the world — Rothko et al — but not our own. Why should that be? I think this show is a great riposte on Damien’s part to that viewpoint
Newport Street Gallery — which will allow Hirst to share his private collection of over 3,000 works with the public — will open its doors October 8 while Hirst shares his own thoughts on the space and exhibition in the video above.
Newport Street Gallery
Newport Street, Lambeth
London SE11 6AY