The exhibition ‘Aubrey Williams’ was organised by the Institute of International Visual Arts and the Whitechapel Gallery, shown from 12 June – 16 August 1998. It was the first major retrospective of his work shown in Great Britain, spanning his earlier career through to two significant series – the Shostakovich and the Olmec-Maya series of paintings. Williams’ drew his inspiration from a spectrum of cultural influences, including classical music, tropical birds and astronomy. His deep interest in pre-Columbian culture and his passion for the music of Dimitri Shostakovich had strongly influenced the paintings of both series. The exhibition was curated by Andrew Dempsey.