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The Sculpture Show

  • 17th December 2011 − 24th June 2012 | Modern One (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art)

Geometry of Fear: British Sculpture of the 1950s

After the Second World War, a new generation of British sculptors emerged, including Lynn Chadwick, Reg Butler, Eduardo Paolozzi, William Turnbull and Bernard Meadows. Their group identity was established when their work was exhibited together at the 1952 Venice Biennale in an exhibition called New Aspects of British Sculpture. The critic Herbert Read wrote in the catalogue: ‘These new images belong to the iconography of despair, or of defiance…here are images of flights, frustrated sex, the geometry of fear’.

These young artists, mainly still in their thirties, sought to reflect something of the horror of war and the age of the atom bomb. Their chosen medium was bronze, rather than stone or wood, and their figures are gnarled and scarred, as if emerging from a battle.

On display in Room 7.

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Winged Figures Lynn Chadwick

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Heavy Insect William Turnbull

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Girl Reg Butler

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Bird Elisabeth Frink

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