A Rough Equivalent: Sculpture and Pottery in the Post-War Period
The Henry Moore Foundation
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This exhibition was curated by Dr Jeffrey Jones, Reader in Ceramics during his Research Fellowship at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds 2009/10; 'A Rough Equivalent' is an outcome of that Fellowship. The exhibition and text highlight a common aesthetic, particularly in the 'rough' surface treatment of artworks, between Ceramics and Sculpture during the mid-twentieth century. It also continues the Institute’s exploration of the meaning of sculpture and its relationship with other three-dimensional art forms. Work by sculptors, including Kenneth Armitage, Ralph Brown, Geoffrey Clarke, Peter King, F.E McWilliam, E.R. Nele and Eduardo Paolozzi, is juxtaposed with that of ceramicists, including Dan Arbeid, Ian Auld, Peg Campion, Hans Coper, John Dan, Bryan Newman, Colin Pearson, Robert Sturm and Denise Wren. Similarities in form and texture between objects in the different media are drawn out to show that works can be seen to be much more alike than was appreciated at the time. Dr Jones has worked closely on the exhibition with Sophie Raikes at the Henry Moore Institute and Helen Walsh at York Art Gallery. In bringing together work from these two major collections the curators have highlighted the value of collaborative work across disciplines in the visual arts and have demonstrated that the juxtaposition of ceramics and sculpture is long overdue.
Published to accompany the exhibition A Rough Equivalent: Sculpture adn Pottery in the Post-War Period, Mezzanine Gallery, Leeds Art Gallery 30 September 2010 - 2 January 2011.
Fellowship, Henry Moore Institute
- Artistic Research