The exhibition will open to the public on the 11th February 2021.

Eileen Agar, Eileen Agar, 1927, Oil on canvas, NPG 5881. © The estate of Eileen Agar.

The Whitechapel Gallery has unveiled details of its upcoming exhibition focusing on the work of Eileen Agar in Eileen Agar: Angel of Anarchy which will go on display from February.

Celebrating her role within the development of European twentieth century culture, the exhibition is set to feature over 100 paintings, collages, photographs, assemblages and archive material, to explore her seventy year career.

Throughout her career, Agar synthesised elements of two of the twentieth century’s most significant artistic tendencies: Cubism and Surrealism. This new display of her work will examine how these early inspirations rapidly developed into her very personal style that offered a moving commentary on society over a period of tremendous social change.

Eileen Agar: Angel of Anarchy will include early works such as Eileen Agar (1927) and the previously unseen painting Joseph Sleeping (1929) as well as sculpture works including Angel of Anarchy (1936-40) and Angel of Mercy (1934).

The exhibition, curated by Laura Smith, Curator, Whitechapel Gallery with Grace Storey, Assistant Curator, Whitechapel Gallery, will also include highlights from the artist’s later period of work including a series of paintings she created in 1985, inspired by her Ploumanac’h Rock photographs taken almost 50 years before.

Eileen Agar: Angel of Anarchy will be on display at the Whitechapel Gallery from the 11th February until the 23rd May 2021.