Artist Gerard Williams came to the Henry Moore Institute as a Research Fellow in 1997, where he spent several weeks examining the use of fabric in sculpture. His researches spanned the last 50 years in contemporary art, covering a vast range of materials and issues.
Williams' research culminated in a library display, featuring work by Henry Moore, Claus Oldenburg, Joseph Beuys, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Cathy de Monchaux and Yinka Shonibare, together with two new site specific installations, one by Narelle Jubelin and the other by Williams' himself.
Drawing together many strands of this complex and fascinating topic, this publication examines the roles of memory and craft, the sexual politics of fabric in sculpture, and an ambiguous drawing by Henry Moore through three essays:
Doing your dirty washing in public: fabric and its links to memory and craft in the making of recent art
Fabric and femininity
All tied up: Henry Moore's 'Crowd Looking at a Tied-Up Object'
This essay was written to accompany the library display Sampled: The Use of Fabric in Sculpture (6 February - 28 March 1999).
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