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Four artists included in the exhibition 'This is Tomorrow'

3 of 20 portraits of Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi

Four artists included in the exhibition 'This is Tomorrow', by Nigel Graeme Henderson, 1956 - NPG P1090 - © The Estate of Nigel Henderson and The Mayor Gallery

© The Estate of Nigel Henderson and The Mayor Gallery

Four artists included in the exhibition 'This is Tomorrow'

by Nigel Graeme Henderson
vintage bromide print, 1956
11 7/8 in. x 14 5/8 in. (301 mm x 372 mm)
Purchased, 2005
Primary Collection
NPG P1090


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This group portrait of two leading architects and two artists was taken for inclusion in the catalogue for the Whitechapel Gallery's exhibition, This is Tomorrow (1956). The show organised by Theo Crosby consisted of twelve environments, each created by a group of artists and architects who shared interests and ideas. Henderson, Paolozzi and the Smithsons, husband and wife architects, formed Group F 6. Their installation was designated 'Patio and Pavilion' which one critic described as 'showing the New Brutalists at their most submissive to traditional values'. The photograph was taken outside the Smithson's house at 46 Limerston Street, Chelsea. The subjects sat on metal chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames which had a particular significance and relevance for the Smithsons who described the chairs as 'art forms of ordinary life'.