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    Sunday, July 21st, 2019

    In our brave new world where refugees drown in the Mediterranean, children live in appalling conditions in camps near the Mexican border, and President Trump boldly suggests American born citizens of ethnic origin go back to where their families originated it is interesting to see an exhibition where emigres are celebrated. Brave New Visions: The Emigres who transformed the British art world organised by Sotheby’s shows how in bleak post-war London, a group of émigrés who had found sanctuary in Britain in the 1930s re-made their lives and introduced avant-garde European and British artists such as Naum Gabo, Oskar Kokoschka, Kurt Schwitters, Graham Sutherland and Ben Nicholson to the broader public.  Featuring over 40 paintings and sculptures, alongside unique documentary material, the exhibition reveals the story of a displaced community that thrived in an unfamiliar environment.  It is at Sotheby’s St. George St. Gallery until August 9.  It is all part of Insiders/Outsiders, a year-long festival celebrating refugees from Nazi Europe and their indelible contribution to British culture.

    Josef Herman – Refugees