Exhibition focuses on pivotal time for British sculpture

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IN THE late 1970s and 1980s, the British art scene witnessed the emergence of a new generation of artists producing imaginative and resourceful sculpture.

This period of revived interest in the sculpted object is being celebrated at a new exhibition from the Arts Council Collection at Yorkshire Sculpture Park opening on Wednesday.

Curator Natalie Rudd with works at a new exhibition, Making It, at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. ''''Picture: Tony Johnson

Curator Natalie Rudd with works at a new exhibition, Making It, at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. ''''Picture: Tony Johnson

Making It is the first exhibition to examine this period in British sculpture, and the artists represented include Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Cornelia Parker and Alison Wilding.

Curated by Dr Jon Wood, a research curator at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds and senior collection curator, Natalie Rudd, the exhibition is drawn primarily from the holdings of the Arts Council Collection, with major loans from public and private collections.

Dr Wood said: “Making It offers an opportunity to look again at this imaginative and materially resourceful period for sculpture. It considers individual achievements within a larger context in which commonalities and differences of approach emerge, that were sometimes less visible at the time. In these years, artists turned to ‘sculpture’, using objects, found materials, colour, images, humour, figuration and narrative, whilst asking searching questions of their own practices and processes.”

Making It is at YSP’s Longside Gallery until June.