Abstract Thinking: Fanchon Fröhlich & Her Contemporaries
7 October 2023 - 28 March 2024

Location: Galleries 6 & 7, first floor

Fanchon at Atelier 17 print studio. Paris. © the Artist’s Estate, courtesy of BADA.

Fanchon Fröhlich (1927 – 2016) was a remarkable artist and intellectual. She enjoyed success in the 1960s, when her prints were exhibited in Paris alongside works by Joan Miró and purchased by the Walker Art Gallery. However, from the 1980s onwards, Fanchon’s work began to be overlooked. This exhibition seeks to re-establish Fanchon’s position in the artworld by displaying her paintings and prints alongside those of artists from the University of Liverpool’s art collection whose work is in a similar abstract style. Most were personal friends of Fanchon and the mutual flow of ideas and influences can be seen.  They include internationally-known abstract artists of the 20th century such as Gillian Ayres, Sandra Blow, Peter Lanyon and William Hayter, as well as leading Liverpool-based artists George Mayer-Marton, Austin Davies, Arthur Ballard and Terry Duffy.

This exhibition has been developed in partnership with the British Art and Design Association (BADA) who administer the Fanchon Fröhlich archive. See more at https://www.badaart.org/fanchon-frohlich/

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