Albert Tucker held a career-long fascination with non-Western art. He first collected masks and sculptures in the 1940s and later made many trips to the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea, acquiring works which provided continuous inspiration.
Like many modernists, Tucker’s interest in tribal art came via Picasso and the French cubists, who looked to African and Oceanic art as a model for alternative ways of representing the world. It helped shift artists’ reliance on naturalism, opening up the possibilities of abstraction from life, and for Tucker offered a means of conveying archetypal human experience: the personal as universal.
This exhibition traces the influence of non-Western art on Albert Tucker’s imagery and aesthetic, and includes a number of Sepik River carvings from his personal collection.