Other Criteria: Sculpture in 20th Century Britain
26 Sep 2003 – 28 Mar 2004
Exhibition in Galleries 1, 2 and 3
Taking stock of one hundred years of British sculpture, Other Criteria celebrates the diversity and ambition of art in this field.
It is over 20 years since the Whitechapel Gallery presented British Sculpture in the Twentieth Century, and since that exhibition a good deal of work has been done in developing collections and research into the subject.
Henry Moore himself has continued to dominate the story of sculpture in 20th century Britain, but the policy of the Institute has been to put Moore back into context. This means looking not only at the work of sculptors whom he admired or supported, but also at work which represents the opposite of what he believed to be important.
This exhibition represents mainstream and margin, or different mainstreams, as represented by different exhibiting groups and networks of support. Of all artistic practice in the 20th century, sculpture has been perhaps the most internally riven.
Modern British Sculpture has been notably celebrated, but equally notably circumscribed. It has been much more narrowly conceived than painting, and its usual roll-call is a limited one. This exhibition seeks to use other criteria by which to identify sculpture, including a range of media documenting its different stages, and evidence of its practice outside the art gallery, in commemorative, architectural and commercial modes.
Other Criteria shows little-known evidence of the work of well-known figures alongside artefacts recording those who have been lost from view. Unexpected overlaps and inter-connections will suggest the scope for re-writing a history which may have been presented as a unity but which is actually more interesting in its fractures and displacements.
The exhibition is accompanied by two more widely ranging and comprehensive publications. The first brings together twenty essays by a new generation of writers on the subject. The second documents the collections of Leeds Museums & Galleries with 170 newly commissioned contributions on every sculptor represented. Both publications represent the connections which the Institute has fostered over the last ten years in developing the study of sculpture in 20th century Britain.
Audio recordings of the following artists discussing their work are available to listen to in the Henry Moore Institute Research Library: Chris Drury, Garth Evans, Liliane Lijn, Michael Lyons, George Meyrick, Charles Quick, Glynn Williams, Bill Woodrow