An Improbable Odyssey: The Life and Times of Brian Wall

  • Online event
  • Wednesday, 8 December 2021
  • Online Film Screening and Live Q&A, starting at 6pm GMT.

Join us for a special screening of An Improbable Odyssey: The Life and Times of Brian Wall, a new documentary film tracing the life and career of British-born American sculptor Brian Wall.

The screening will be followed by a live in conversation between the artist and Dr Chris Stephens, Director of the Holburne Museum, Bath and author of Brian Wall (Momentum, 2006).

About the Film

An Improbable Odyssey provides an insider’s view of three major international art centres during three turbulent decades of the twentieth century from the unique perspective of sculptor Brian Wall.

The story is told through insightful interviews with the artist in his studio as well as art historians, museum curators, collectors and fellow artists who describe the creative ferment of the times and Wall’s significant contributions.

Produced by Brian Wall Foundation. Directed by Peter Stern. 60 minutes.

An Improbable Odyssey has been selected by the Palm Springs Architecture Design Art Film Festival, which will be held live in Palm Springs, California during Modernism Week, 17-27 February 2022.

About the speakers

Brian Wall was born in London in 1931, and despite an impoverished childhood during World War II and no formal art education, achieved renown for his abstract steel sculptures. The film follows his remarkable journey from the modernist art centre of St Ives, Cornwall in the 1950s, to the Swinging London art scene of the 1960s, to his arrival in America in the 1970s. Wall joined the Faculty of the University of California at Berkeley at the height of the counterculture revolution and continues to live and work in the San Francisco Bay area today.

Dr Chris Stephens has been Director of the Holburne Museum since 2017. Prior to that he worked at Tate for over twenty years, as Head of Displays, Tate Britain, for much of that time, and also as Head of Modern British Art. Exhibitions in London and St Ives included Barbara Hepworth: Centenary (2003), Francis Bacon (2008), Henry Moore (2010), Picasso and Modern British Art (2012), Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World (2015) and David Hockney (2017). His book St Ives: The Art and the Artists was published by Pavilion in 2018.


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Comments (3)

Pamela L

8 December 2021 18:01

Looking forward to this!

Suzy Locke

1 December 2021 00:05

I can't wait to see the film.

Carolyn J Peters

30 November 2021 23:11

Please register me for the Brian Wall film event.

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