Colin Gleadell has an excellent story in the Telegraph on the current shows in London featuring David Bomberg and his students who were known as The Borough Group.
Bomberg taught Leon Kossoff and Frank Auerbach but neither became strict adherents of his teachings. Gleadell points out shows at James Hyman Gallery, Waterhouse & Dodd and Messum’s featuring the Borough group.
The first Borough Group retrospective exhibition was held in 2004 by London’s Boundary Gallery which started the market reappraisal process. The Waterhouse & Dodd exhibition, which opens on 29 September, is therefore only the second selling show to focus on the Borough artists since Bomberg died. It is also the only one this autumn to include paintings by Bomberg.
Lent by the collector Frank Cohen, they illustrate how his market has risen. A view of the Cornish coastline freely painted with exuberant strokes of fiery reds, rich yellows and dense blacks, sold in 2004 for a triple-estimate £112,000; the price now is £335,000. An earlier landscape of the River Tajo in Toledo was sold in 1988 for £16,500, and is now priced at £240,000.