Description & Technical information

Place 3 is arguable the best painting from a group of large sale works made specifically for the now legendary exhibition of the same name which was held at the ICA in the autumn of 1959. It marked a distinct turning point in British Art, which was to herald the development of a new approach to painting as the sixties beckoned – culminating in the ‘Situation’ exhibition in 1960. This work went on to be exhibited at the subsequent 1962 touring ‘Situation’ exhibition and the Robyn Denny retrospective held at the Tate Gallery in 1973.


Date:  1959
Period:  20th century
Medium: Oil on canvas
Signature: Signed, titled and dated on reverse

Dimensions: 213.5 x 181.5 cm (84 x 71¹/₂ inches)
Provenance: The Estate of thence by descent;
Private Collection 2022
Literature: David Thompson, Robyn Denny, Penguin Books, London, 1971, p.63
Robert Kudielka, Robyn Denny, The Tate Gallery 1973,, p.66
Margaret Garlake, Robyn Denny, Early Works 1955 - 1977, London 2008, illustrated, p.47
Exhibitions: London, ‘Place’, Institute of Contemporary Arts, 1959
London, ‘Situation’. An exhibition of recent British Art, British Arts Council, 1963/3 (touring exhibition in England)
London, ‘Robyn Denny. Retrospective’, Tate Gallery 7th March – 23rd April 1973, no.20
Touring to: Stuttgart, Wurttengergischer Kunstverein; Leverkusen, Stadtisches Museum, Verona, Studio La Citta; Amsterdam, Galerie T
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints