Past

The Sculpture Show

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

The Real Body

Super-realism emerged in the late 1960s and 1970s, particularly in America and Britain. It is often seen as a reaction to abstract art, particularly Abstract Expressionism. Super-realism is usually associated with painting, but several sculptors were also part of the movement, most notably Duane Hanson, Edward and Nancy Kienholz, John de Andrea, George Segal and the British artists John Davies and Allen Jones.

Part of the drama of these works is that the viewer is put into the unusual and slightly unsettling position of being able to study figures at length and at close quarters. Although we might see hundreds of people on a daily basis, and see millions in a lifetime, we almost never examine people - particularly complete strangers - close up. These super-real works are therefore partly about the realism of the work and the skills and ingenuity that went into their making, but also about the gap between fiction and reality.

On display in Room 9.

Next: The Surreal Body

Gallery

Model in Repose John de Andrea

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For the Last Time John Davies

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Tourists Duane Hanson

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