A John Piper ret­ro­spec­tive is tes­ta­ment to the artist’s ex­pan­sive ge­nius

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john Piper spent much of his child­hood ex­plor­ing and draw­ing churches and mon­u­ments, an early pas­sion that de­vel­oped into a ca­reer as one of Bri­tain’s lead­ing mod­ern artists. A ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion at Tate Liver­pool brings to­gether more than 40 of Piper’s land­scapes, and ex­am­ines his in­flu­ence on con­tem­po­rary art in this coun­try from the 1930s un­til his death in 1992. He worked in a fa­mously di­verse ar­ray of me­dia; from paint­ings and col­lages to stained-glass win­dows and stage sets, this show is a trib­ute to the sheer scope of Piper’s ge­nius. cg ‘John Piper’ is at Tate Liver­pool (www.tate.org.uk) from 17 Novem­ber to 18 March 2018.

john piper’s nurs­ery frieze ii (1936). be­low right: his houses in sur­rey (1928)

a se­lec­tion of dishes from joe allen (left) and simp­son’s in the strand (be­low and bot­tom left)

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