Ikon’s exhibition is the first solely devoted to Lear’s sketches and landscape drawings from across the entire span of his career.
This show examines the artist’s fascination with the creative process and is especially concerned with how his work came into being – through experimental methods of composition, successive drafts, doodlings and written marginalia. It also offers a study of the momentary and explores how Lear’s sense of the present was shot through and saturated by other moments.
The exhibition features approximately 60 works by Lear, many never shown before in public, and draws on collections in both the US and the UK.
It is co-curated by Matthew Bevis, Professor in English Literature, University of Oxford and Jonathan Watkins, Ikon Director. Moment to Moment is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), The Finnis Scott Foundation and University of Oxford.