Studio International spoke to co-curator, Jon Wood, from the Henry Moore Institute, and Jill Constantine, head of the Arts Council Collection, about how the exhibition came about and what its main themes are.
Following on from exhibitions of the work of Garth Evans (2013, curated by Richard Deacon) and Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966-79 (2014), which between them covered the period from 1959-1982, where sculptural practice was very much ephemeral, conceptual, or based on performance, this current exhibition looks at the early 80s, a time when sculptural practice in the UK went back into the workshops to experiment with a completely new approach of assembling.
With half the exhibits drawn from the Arts Council Collection’s own rich holdings, and with women artists featuring prominently, this exhibition celebrates the treasury of British sculpture from the years leading up to the death of Henry Moore (himself not included, but with a parallel exhibition of his work, Back to a Land, on show in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Underground Gallery and open air).
A number of artists rose to prominence during this period, but there has been a lack of publications and survey exhibitions – until now. The exhibition is complemented by an excellent publication featuring insightful essays by 12 critics, writers, gallerists and curators.
Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977-1986
A Touring Exhibition from the Arts Council Collection
Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
1 April – 21 June 2015
Interview by ANNA McNAY
Filmed by MARTIN KENNEDY
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GSK Contemporary, Earth: Art of a changing world
The Royal Academy in London, joining with sponsors GlaxoSmithKline, opened this new exhibition on 3 December. The central theme relates to global warming, an issue, which has increasingly preoccupied statesmen, politicians, scientists and creative artists around this imperilled world.
Gormley's Plinth: One and Other
One and Other. Trafalgar Square, London, 6 July – 14 October 2009. Every hour, 24 hours a day for 100 days. Nick Howard’s photos and comments, Trafalgar Square, 7 July 2009.
Andy Goldsworthy: Four Indoor Galleries and Open Air
Leading British land artist Andy Goldsworthy is helping the Yorkshire Sculpture Park mark its 30th anniversary with a series of new installations. He returns to the park, where he was once Artist in Residence, with works that use human hair, animal droppings and blood.
Michael Dean: Government and Phyllida Barlow: Bad Copies
Michael Dean’s current exhibition, Government, at the Henry Moore Institute is the artist’s first major solo exhibition featuring entirely new works many of which were made on site.
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2007
The Royal Academy in summertime is a national institution. As well as the Summer Exhibition this year, there is Impressionists by the Sea, an exhibition of 70 paintings produced at the end of the nineteenth century in France, which charts the economic and social developments in France that brought about the transformation of the seaside. The exhibition will travel to America this autumn.