Sculpture, Figuration, Emigration
- Henry Moore Institute
- Wednesday, 20 June 2018
- Lecture by Dr Margaret Garlake in the Institute's seminar room, starting at 6pm
The persecution of Jewish and other minorities in Germany in the 1930s forced many artists to leave as refugees. In their dispersal across western Europe, a considerable number of them arrived in this country.
Sculptors including Siegfried Charoux, Heinz Henghes and Franta Belsky brought with them a sophisticated tradition of figurative, narrative sculpture for public spaces and buildings which was to re-emerge as a visibly prominent aspect of the post-war reconstruction process. Local authorities, notably the London County Council, worked with planners and housing, education and health authorities to incorporate contemporary art into public buildings and spaces, not least as a subliminal signifier of a functioning democracy.
Dr Margaret Garlake worked as an archaeologist/conservator in Tanzania, Southern Rhodesia and Nigeria, 1962-73; she studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 1978 and 1987 and subsequently taught there. From 2001 to 2004 she was editor of the Sculpture Journal and is now Chair of its Editorial Board.
Her publications include New Art, New World: British Art in Postwar Society, (Yale, 1998); Peter Lanyon, (Tate Publishing, 1998); The Drawings of Peter Lanyon, (Ashgate, 2003) and The Sculpture of Reg Butler, (Lund Humphries, 2006). She is currently approaching the end of a book on post-war landscape painting.