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Sign and Texture
5 May  –  19 October 2008
Ernst Willhelm Nay, White Spring, 1963
Ernst Willhelm Nay
White Spring 1963
Tate © The estate of Ernst Willhelm Nay

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This display brings together works made from the 1950s onwards by painters who have explored the relationship between experience and abstract mark-making. Of those included the Australian artist, Fred Williams, was most closely bound to the landscape, and explored a range of ways in which it could be abstracted through texture, colour and form. By contrast, Ernst-Wilhelm Nay, the major German abstract expressionist painter, sublimated experience in his subtle lyrical compositions. This display showcases these international artists as new additions to the Tate Collection, who enrich our understanding of a complex period.