The late 1970s and 1980s witnessed the emergence of a talented generation of UK-based artists, since acclaimed for producing diverse bodies of work that share a revived interest in sculpture as a material object and ideas around making. Although many of these artists would go on to gain international acclaim as individuals, their work has rarely been explored together since it exploded onto the art scene.
Illustrated, with texts by the period’s key figures – including Iwona Blazwick, Richard Cork, Nicholas Logsdail and Sandy Nairne – and an in-depth essay by the exhibition curator Jon Wood, Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977–1986 investigates the emergence and continuing influence of sculpture in British Art.
Artists featured: 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.
Publication: Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977–1986
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 and Mike Tooby.
ISBN 978 1 85332 329 4 Designed by Joe Ewart for Society
Exhibition Dates: Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977–1986
1 April – 21 June 2015 – Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
8 October – 29 November 2015 – Mead Gallery, University of Warwick.
7 May – 3 July 2016 – Edinburgh Art Centre