Four Abstract Artists: Abercrombie, Gouk, McLean and Pollock

19.11.77 – 17.12.77

A Scottish Arts Council exhibition of abstract paintings by four Scottish artists working in the south of England: Douglas Abercrombie, Alan Gouk, John McLean and Fred Pollock.

In the catalogue essay, Clement Greenberg notes that these four artists have homed in ‘on a tendency in recent North American painting’, taking inspiration from artists such as Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski and Jack Hamilton Bush (artists championed by Greenberg in his art criticism). Greenberg emphasises, however, that the young Scottish artists ‘may take their direction from North American influences, but they don’t submit to these. They’re not defined by them. They are on their own.’

Catalogue includes an introduction by Duncan Macmillan and an essay by Clement Greenberg. It can be consulted at the National Library of Scotland. Click here for details

Ruth Bretherick
Research and Public Engagement Curator
May 2024

© 2024 Fruitmarket

Design by Touch