Richard Smith, Surface I, 2009 © Richard Smith, Courtesy Flowers Gallery
The Pop art pioneer Richard Smith returns to his roots with a show of works at Broadway Gallery, a new space which opens today (24 February) in his hometown of Letchworth Garden City in Hertfordshire. The new gallery is housed in a 1920s shopping arcade in the heart of the leafy town, which is run on the century-old principles of Ebenezer Howard—the mastermind who came up with the Utopian concept of Garden Cities. Profits from commercial rents are invested in Letchworth’s cultural facilities such as the new 6,175 sq. ft Broadway Gallery. The Richard Smith exhibition (until 5 June) features more than 40 works including 30 untitled works on paper dating from 1997. Future treats include temporary shows drawn from Letchworth Garden City’s collection, which includes works by artists such as Spencer Gore and Sylvia Molloy.