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"Tate Sculpture: The Human Figure in British Art from Moore to Gormley"
2005-01-22 until 2005-04-17
Sheffield Galleries and Museum Trust, Graves Art Gallery
Sheffield, , UK United Kingdom

Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust are thrilled to announce that Millennium Galleries is to host a major survey exhibition of post-war British sculpture from 22 January - 17 April 2005. The exhibition will be of national significance, and will be the first to show these works from the most influential British sculptors of the last 50 years. The exhibition will be the latest in a series of Tate Partnership exhibitions following the hugely successful William Blake: Inspiration and Illustration at the Graves Art Gallery, and will be the first to showcase sculpture in Millennium Galleries. All exhibits will be from Tate collections.

Tate Sculpture will display 20 major works focussing on the human form, by internationally renowned masters such as Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, alongside contemporary artists such as Sarah Lucas, Ron Mueck and Antony Gormley. Tate Sculpture will also include video sculpture from legendary British artists, Gilbert and George and photography by Keith Arnatt.

The exhibition will include works in a wide range of media and of differing scale from a monumental bronze sculpture by Moore, to more intimate pieces made from unconventional, contemporary materials.

In Moore's creation, King and Queen, the artist intended to combine naturalistic elements such as hands and feet with more abstracted ones such as the head. In contrast to Moore's imposing figures, Mark Quinn uses his own body in the making of his art. No Visible Means of Escape is a hollow polyurethane rubber cast of Quinn's naked body, split up to the neck and described by Quinn as 'an extreme moment of transformation, a violent shedding of the skin'. Similarly, Ron Mueck creates eerie simulations of human subjects made of fibreglass and silicone. The enlarged scale and awkward posture of his seven-foot girl, Ghost, emphasising the subject's sense of adolescent anxiety.

IMAGE
Julian Opie
Vinyl on Glass


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