Discussion: United Enemies @ Henry Moore Institute

Gathering of artists participating in 'Arte Inglese Oggi' in Trafalgar Square, 1975

Event at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, January 18th 2012, 2pm-4pm

This discussion event is a unique opportunity for British art researchers to view the current United Enemies exhibition at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds with the curator of the show, Jon Wood, and some of the artists whose work is on display, including Shirley Cameron, Paul de Monchaux, Garth Evans, Barry Martin and Leonard McComb.

United Enemies examines the problem of sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s, presenting work by over fifty artists made in a period when the very idea of sculpture was radically contested. Cutting across practices, institutions, publications and exhibitions, the exhibition begins with Roelof Louw’s ‘Soul City (Pyramid of Oranges)’ (1967): a work containing over 6,000 oranges painstakingly composed in order to be physically participated in and enjoyed – the pyramid depletes as visitors help themselves to oranges. Three provocations organise this exhibition: ‘Manual Thinking’, ‘Standing’ and ‘Groundwork’. Discussions will focus on these concerns and will pay particular attention to the art educational contexts of sculptures exhibited.  Refreshments will be provided following the discussion. This event is part of the Institute’s current research into sculpture of the 1960s and 1970s.

The galleries of the Henry Moore Institute are open until 9pm on Wednesday evenings. This is no charge for this event but booking is essential. Please contact Kirstie Gregory – kirstie@henry-moore.org

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