Mon 19-Apr-2021 at 6.30pm. Fresh Encounters: Contemporary Sculpture and the Public Space
The role of sculpture has changed substantially in recent times. Here, I consider how the concept of monument and memorial, familiar since classical antiquity, shifts towards other concerns. I discuss how sculpture now plays a vitally important role in terms of site in the city; how the sculpture park comes into being in Britain in the mid-20th century, thanks to the efforts of Sir Henry Moore, and grows exponentially across the globe; how water has attracted artists to make exceptional works in or alongside it; and not least, how sculpture has become a challenging and exciting space for social encounter. Among others, I include Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Richard Long, Claes Oldenburg, Cornelia Parker and Rachel Whiteread - artists who also feature in my book, Sculpture Now.