William G. Tucker

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William Tucker (right) in the Böhm Chapel
William G. Tucker, Gymast II, bronze, 1985, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

William G. Tucker RA (born February 28, 1935) is a modernist British sculptor and modern art scholar.


Tucker was born to English parents in Cairo, Egypt on February 28, 1935. In 1937, his family returned to England, where Tucker was raised. He attended the University of Oxford from 1955–58. He continued his sculpture studies at Saint Martin's School of Art in London, where Anthony Caro was teaching. His "Meru" series was included alongside Caro at the seminal 1966 exhibit, "Primary Structures" at the Jewish Museum in New York. [1] Tucker spent two years as a Gregory Fellow at the Fine Arts Department of the University of Leeds (1968–70) and represented Britain at the 1972 Venice Biennale. Tucker is also a writer and in 1974 published The Language of Sculpture (Thames & Hudson, London), which was released in the United States in 1978 as Early Modern Sculpture (Oxford University Press, He moved to New York in 1978 and taught at Columbia University and at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. He received the Guggenheim Fellowship for Sculpture in 1981 and the National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in 1986. Tucker became an American citizen in 1985. He served as co-chairman of the Art Program at Bard College.

In 2010, Tucker was a recipient of the International Sculpture Center's Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award.[2]

In 2011, Tucker was elected an honorary National Academician, National Academy Museum, New York.

Recent one-person museum exhibitions included Tucker: Mass and Figure at the Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao in 2015,[3] and William Tucker at the Kunstmuseum Winterthur in Switzerland in 2016.[4]


  1. ^ Juliff, Toby (2018). "A New Generation of British Art: A Problem of Provincialism". Sydney: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art. p. 125–145.
  2. ^ "Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award page". International Sculpture Center. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Tucker. Mass and Figure". Museo Bibao. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  4. ^ "William Tucker". Kunstmuseum Winterthur. Retrieved 10 September 2016.


  • Arts Council of Great Britain, The condition of sculpture, a selection of recent sculpture by younger British and foreign artists [introduction by William Tucker], London, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1975.
  • Brooklyn Museum, Working in Brooklyn, sculpture: Donald Lipski, Chris MacDonald, John Monti, Tom Otterness, Judy Pfaff, Ray Rapp, Alan Saret, Art Spellings, William Tucker, Christopher Wilmarth, Brooklyn, N.Y., Brooklyn Museum, 1985.
  • Elderfield, John, Against the grain, contemporary art from the Edward R. Broida collection, New York, Museum of Modern Art, 2006.
  • Lynton, Norbert, William Tucker, sculptures, London, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1977.
  • Rosenfield Lafo, Rachel, William Tucker, Horses, Lincoln, MA, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, 2006.
  • Sleeman, Joy, The sculpture of William Tucker, Aldershot, Hampshire [England], Lund Humphries, 2007.
  • Tucker, William, William Tucker, Gods: five recent sculptures, London, Tate Gallery, 1987.
  • Tucker, William, William Tucker, sculpture 1970-73, London, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1973.
  • Tucker, William, William Tucker, the American decade, 1978-88, Mountainville, N.Y., Storm King Art Center, 1988.

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