Bruce McLean

People who make Art in Glass Houses, Work

About this artwork

In 1968 McLean delivered a lecture at St Martin’s School of Art, London, in which he called for the reconsideration of sculpture in relation to the real environment. Here, the photograph shows the artist deconstructing one of his own sculptures inside a ‘studio’. The scene was composed for no other purpose than to be photographed. This highlights McLean’s interest in the possibility of a photograph existing exclusively as a sculptural form, not merely as a mode of documentation. The text panel, added a year later, in 1970, is McLean’s tongue-in-cheek review of an exhibition of British sculpture held in London. Together, the work satirizes the widespread tendency in British sculpture of the 1960s to arrange elements in pleasing, formal compositions.

  • title:
    People who make Art in Glass Houses, Work
  • accession number:
    GMA 2223 A
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  • materials:
    Black and white photograph with transfer-text
  • date created:
    1969 / 1970
  • measurements:
    123.50 x 92.50 cm (framed: 125.00 x 95.00 x 4.00 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1980
  • copyright:
    © Bruce McLean. All rights Reserved. Bridgeman Images, London, 2020
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Bruce McLean

Bruce McLean