Hosted by Andrew Graham-Dixon, the three-part series
explores the work and experiences of artists who lived through the First World
War. Sunday's episode focuses
on painter David Bomberg, who taught at LSBU and is regarded as one of the
twentieth century's most significant British painters and art teachers.
Opened in 2012 with funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund,
Borough Road Gallery's collection, A
David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection, includes work spanning
nearly the whole of Bomberg's career, including work such as Bomb
Store (1942) and Self Portrait (1956).
Bomberg rose to prominence in the early twentieth
century, when his geometric style was associated with the Vorticist Group. After
the First World War, he abandoned this approach in favour of closely studying
nature. For the rest of his career he developed an expressive, energetic style
that strived to articulate 'the spirit in the mass'.
Bomberg taught at LSBU, then Borough Polytechnic Institute,
during the 1940s and 50s, where his students included celebrated artists Frank
Auerbach, Leon Kossoff, and Gustav Metzger as well as those who became known as
the 'Borough Group'.
"Bomberg's influence on his students is legendary and his
work still serves as an inspiration for many contemporary artists," explains
Rachel Fleming-Mulford, Curator of the Borough Road Gallery.
Interest in Bomberg has seen a resurgence in the last year with Dulwich Picture Gallery and Ben Uri
Museum of Art, Identity and Migration both featuring him in exhibitions. Borough
Road Gallery recently held a solo show of Bomberg's work, 'Objects of
Collection', the timing of which marked one-hundred years since his first solo
Part of LSBU's School of Arts and Creative Industries,
Borough Road Gallery's A David Bomberg
Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection has been built up over 30 years by independent
collector Sarah Rose, who aims to draw attention to Bomberg's teachings and to
the artists who worked with him. Always intended for the public domain, Sarah
placed the collection in Trust at LSBU in 2008.
"Sarah's gift has not only made these important artworks
accessible but provided a starting point for creative responses and new
research," says Fleming-Mulford. "This documentary draws further attention
to, and sheds new light on, of Bomberg's significant
contribution to British art, both as an artist and an art teacher."
Art at War' airs Sunday 28 September 2014 at 9pm on BBC Four.