Images from Postwar Modern – Barbican

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The Post War Modern 1945-1965 at the Barbican has finally come to a close. Focusing on ‘the new’, this incredible exhibition featured 48 artists and around 200 works of painting, sculpture, photography, collage and installation.

The exhibition was painstakingly curated and beautifully displayed, giving a wonderful insight and overview of the postwar visual experience – its optimism and thirst for change.

We were delighted that curator Jane Alison selected some of Shirley’s work for the show, Shirley being one of the few women practising photography in Britain during this period. Here we present some of the Barbican’s own installation shots showing Shirley‘s colour photographs taken in Hulme, Manchester in 1965. They are a magnificent reminder of this impressive exhibition.