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A new exhibition of abstract art from Kettle’s Yard’s is now on display in the Entrance Hall of the main University Library, a partnership to celebrate both Kettle’s Yard’s 50th and Cambridge University Library’s 600th anniversaries.

In Search of New Forms draws on Kettle’s Yard’s extensive collection holdings of abstract painting, collages and prints that date from the 1960s to the 1980s. Artists who have variously used abstract forms, colours, symbols and words in their works such as British painter Roger Hilton, Italian painter and collagist Italo Valenti, and Czech-born artist and poet Jiří Kolář are included in the exhibition. The latest dated work on display is a quickly executed vibrant painting by Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) who was one of the defining artists of American Abstract Expressionism in the late 1940s and 1950s.

The exhibition is open Monday-Friday 9am-7.15pm and Saturday 9am-5pm, from 15 October 2016 to 8 January 2017. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Two free talks to compliment the exhibition are also being held in the Milstein Seminar Rooms at the main University Library:

In Focus – Italo Valenti, by Francesca Dytor

25 November, 5.30pm

Focusing on Valenti’s La Tua Ombre, Ton Ombre (1966).

In Focus – Helen Frankenthaler, by Cora Chalaby

3 December, 12.30pm

Introduction to the works of Helen Frankenthaler.

Both talks are open to the public and free, no booking required.