The Human Factor: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture

The Human Factor: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture

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The Human Factor: the Figure in Contemporary Sculpture brings together the work of 25 leading international artists, in whose practice the human form plays a central role.

Over the past 25 years, artists have reinvented figurative sculpture by looking back to earlier movements in art history as well as imagery from contemporary culture. Setting up dialogues with modernist as well as classical and archaic models of art, these artists engage and confront the question of how we represent the ‘human’ today. Eschewing concerns related to psychological portraiture, these artists use the figure as a catalyst for evoking far-ranging content, including subjects spanning political violence and mortality to sexuality and voyeurism.

A unique survey of figurative sculpture today, this highly illustrated volume features newly-commissioned essays by authors including Tate Britain Director, Penelope Curtis, art critic and writer Martin Herbert, Artangel co-director James Lingwood, art historian Lisa Lee and Hayward Gallery Director, and curator of the exhibition, Ralph Rugoff. Alongside full-colour images of the artists’ works, the book also includes original and rarely-seen material documenting the creation of these fascinating works.

Artists featured: Paweł Althamer, Frank Benson, Huma Bhabha, Maurizio Cattelan, Urs Fischer, Katharina Fritsch, Ryan Gander, Isa Genzken, Rachel Harrison, Georg Herold, Thomas Hirschhorn, Martin Honert, Pierre Huyghe, Jeff Koons, Paul McCarthy, John Miller, Cady Noland, Ugo Rondinone, Thomas Schütte, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Paloma Varga Weisz, Mark Wallinger, Rebecca Warren, Andro Wekua and Cathy Wilkes.

Foreword by Ralph Rugoff
Essays by Penelope Curtis, Martin Herbert, Lisa Lee and James Lingwood.

240 pages
29.5 x 23.5 cm
ISBN  9781853323225

RRP £30
Designed by Sonya Dyakova



Penelope Curtis is Director of Tate Britain, London. Her books include Sculpture 1900–1945: After Rodin (1999) and Patio and Pavilion: The Place of Sculpture in Modern Architecture (2007).

Martin Herbert is a writer, critic and visiting lecturer in the sculpture department at the Royal College of Art. He is associate editor of ArtReview and European Editor of Modern Painters. He writes regularly for Artforum, Art Monthly and Frieze and is the author of a number of books including, most recently, The Uncertainty Principle (2014).

Lisa Lee is an art historian and Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History at University of Chicago. She is a specialist in modern and contemporary art, with a focus on recent sculptural practice in Europe. She is co-editor, with Hal Foster, of Critical Laboratory: The Writings of Thomas Hirschhorn (2013).

James Lingwood is Co-Director and curator of Artangel, London. His over 80 projects for the organisation include the celebrated Rachel Whiteread: House (1993 – 94), Michael Landy: Break Down (2001) and Roger Hiorns: Seizure (2008). Lingwood has also curated exhibitions for major museums including monographic shows on Juan Muñoz, Douglas Gordon and Thomas Schütte.

Ralph Rugoff is Director of the Hayward Gallery, London.

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"If you are an art lover, particularly of contemporary sculptures, you will have weeks and months of pleasurable readings in The Human Factor. This is a wonderful, high-end book, large enough to be a coffee table centerpiece (...) For art lovers, this volume is a great addition to their collection." 

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