Making It: Sculpture in Britain 19771986
Making It: Sculpture in Britain 19771986Making It: Sculpture in Britain 19771986Making It: Sculpture in Britain 19771986
Making It: Sculpture in Britain 19771986Making It: Sculpture in Britain 19771986Making It: Sculpture in Britain 19771986

Making It: Sculpture in Britain 19771986

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The late 1970s and 1980s witnessed the emergence of a younger generation of artists working in the United Kingdom who began to receive international attention for practices which, although incredibly diverse, shared a revived interest in the sculpted object, in materials and in ideas around making.

Some of these artists, such as Kate Blacker, Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Antony Gormley, Shirazeh Houshiary, Anish Kapoor, Richard Wentworth and Alison Wilding, rose to prominence under the loose banner ‘New British Sculpture’, while other artists, such as Eric Bainbridge, Helen Chadwick, Julian Opie, Cornelia Parker and Richard Wilson, were forging reputations for their innovative approaches to sculpture.

Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977­1986 provides a comprehensive insight into the explosion of contemporary sculpture in Britain during the late 1970s and 1980s, launching the careers of some the most re­nowned contemporary artists that the UK has produced.

Artists featured are Edward Allington, Eric Bainbridge, Kate Blacker, Helen Chadwick, John Cobb, Stephen Cox, Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Kenneth Draper, Gareth Fisher, Barry Flanagan, John Gibbons, Antony Gormley, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Tim Head, Shirazeh Houshiary, Anish Kapoor, Michael Kenny, Andrew Logan, David Nash, Martin Naylor, Julian Opie, Eduardo Paolozzi, Emma Park, Cornelia Parker, Carl Plackman, Elizabeth Rosser, Veronica Ryan, Michael Sandle, Geoffrey Smedley, William Tucker, William Turnbull, Jean-Luc Vilmouth, Richard Wentworth, Alison Wilding, Richard Wilson and Gary Woodley.

Foreword by Jill Constantine
Essay by Jon Wood
Texts by Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton, Lewis Biggs, Iwona Blazwick, Ann Compton, Richard Cork, Isobel Johnstone, Nicholas Logsdail, Henry Meyric Hughes, Sandy Nairne, Michael Newman, John Roberts, Mike Tooby

27 March 2015
144 pages
24 x 27 cm / 9.5 x 10.75 inches
86 colour illustrations
RRP £20
ISBN 978 1 85332 329 4
Designed by Joe Ewart for Society


Jill Constantine is Head of Arts Council Collection.

Dr Jon Wood is Research Curator at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds.

Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton is the author of many essays on British contemporary artists, including Richard Deacon, Anish Kapoor, Helen Chadwick and Antony Gormley. She was National Director of Visual Arts, Arts Council England, from 1993 to 2006, and a member of the Acquisition Committee for the Arts Council Collection, establishing the sculpture collection now housed at Longside, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Lewis Biggs was Director of Tate Liverpool from 1990 to 2000. He helped found the Liverpool Biennial in 1998 and was its Artistic Director and Chief Executive from 2000 to 2011. He is Curator for Folkestone Triennale 2017. He is the founding Chairman of the Institute for Public Art.

Iwona Blazwick is Director of Whitechapel Gallery, London.

Ann Compton is currently a Senior Fellow of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and was originator and Project Director of ‘Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851–1951’, a comprehensive study of sculptors, related businesses and trades investigated in the context of creative collaborations, art infrastructures, professional networks and cultural geographies.

Richard Cork is an award-winning art critic, historian, broadcaster and curator.

Isobel Johnstone is an independent artist, curator and writer.

Nicholas Logsdail is the founder of the Lisson Gallery. Since founding the gallery in 1967, Logsdail has championed the careers of artists including Anish Kapoor, Marina Abramović, Ai Weiwei, Gerard Byrne, Tatsuo Miyajima and Santiago Sierra.

Henry Meyric Hughes is a freelance curator, consultant and writer on art. He is General Co-ordinator of Council of Europe Exhibitions and Honorary President of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), Paris. He was a co-founder of the European Biennial of Contemporary Art (2003), Manifesta and President of the Manifesta Foundation, Amsterdam, from 1996–2007.

Sandy Nairne is a writer and curator. He has had senior roles at Arts Council England, Tate and most recently as Director of the National Portrait Gallery.

Michael Newman is Professor of Art Writing, Goldsmiths, University of London. He has written books on Richard Prince, Jeff Wall and Seth Price, and co-edited Rewriting Conceptual Art (1999) and The State of Art Criticism (2007). Newman was one of the first writers to explore the emergence of new sculpture in Britain in the 1980s, and has written essays on the work of Richard Deacon, Tony Cragg, Bill Woodrow, Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley, Edward Allington, Jean-Luc Vilmouth, Helen Chadwick and Richard Wilson. The first volume of his selected writings, I know very well… but all the same: Essays on Artists of the Still and Moving Image, is forthcoming.

John Roberts is Professor of Art and Aesthetics, University of Wolverhampton, and the author of a number of books, including The Intangibilities of Form: Skill and Deskilling in Art After the Readymade (2007), The Necessity of Errors (2011) and Photography and its Violations (2014). He wrote extensively on new sculpture from the early 1980s to the early 1990s, including contributions to Transformations: New Sculpture from Great Britain (1983) and Bill Woodrow (1991).

Mike Tooby is an independent curator and writer, and Professor of Art and Design at Bath School of Art and Design.

"The exhibition catalogue is beautifully produced and gathers a fascinating array of commentaries from gallery owners, curators and critic of the period, each contributing a short commentary reminiscing on their experience." 
The Burlington Magazine

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