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  • Celia Scott
Sir James Stirling, 1924 - 1992
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Sir James Stirling, 1924 - 1992 1983


  • Scottish Art
The architect James Stirling designed some of the most influential constructions of the later twentieth century. Born in Glasgow, he trained at Liverpool University and worked first in a modernist style, for example, the Engineering Building at Leicester University (1959) and the History Library at Cambridge (1964). In the 1970s Stirling emerged as an individual exponent of Post-Modernism. He made a huge impact with his gallery designs such as the Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart (1977) and the Clore Gallery, Tate, London (1980). The latter fuses classical and traditional references with bold, pop colours and unconventional materials.

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A general term for art and architecture based on ancient Greek and Roman culture.


A general term used to describe the various movements in art from the late 19th century to the 1960s, encompassing a broad range of styles.

Pop Art

An art movement of the 1950s to the 1970s that was primarily based in Britain and the United States. Pop artists are so called because of their use of imagery from popular culture. They also introduced techniques and materials from the commercial world, such as screen-printing, to fine art practice.


Late 20th century art that includes a great variety of styles, so is hard to define but is often characterised as a reaction against the formalism perceived to dominate Modernism. In architecture, it describes a style which borrows from many different traditions and which contrasts with the clarity and simplicity of many modernist buildings.

Classicism, Modernism, Pop Art, Post-Modernism


  • Acc. No. PG 3253
  • Medium Bronze
  • Size Height: 56.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 2000