New British Sculpture

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New British Sculpture
Twin Tub With Guitar.jpg
Twin Tub With Guitar (1981) by Bill Woodrow
Years activeearly 1980s
CountryUnited Kingdom
Major figuresStephen Cox, Tony Cragg, Barry Flanagan, Antony Gormley, Richard Deacon, Shirazeh Houshiary, Anish Kapoor, Alison Wilding, Bill Woodrow.[1]

New British Sculpture is the name given to the work of a group of artists, sculptors and installation artists who began to exhibit together in London, England, in the early 1980s, including Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Shirazeh Houshiary, and Richard Wentworth.[1]

Tim Woods has characterized the movement by identifying four major themes, "(a) a synthesis of pop and kitsch, (b) a bricolage (assemblage) of the decaying UK urban environment and the waste of consumer society, (c) an exploration of the way in which objects are assigned meanings, and (d) a play of colour, wit and humour."[2] An early champion was art dealer Nicholas Logsdail who exhibited many of the artists at his Lisson Gallery.



  1. ^ a b Tate Collection New British Sculpture
  2. ^ Tim Woods, Beginning Postmodernism (Manchester: MUP, 1999), p.126. Preview available on Amazon reader