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25 February 2019FROM MOORE TO KAPOOR: THE CHANGING FACE OF PUBLIC SCULPTURE
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FROM MOORE TO KAPOOR:
THE CHANGING FACE OF PUBLIC SCULPTURE
MARY YULE Monday 25 February 2019

This study day took a critical look at the vast range of public sculpture in our midst today, and discusses what makes a successful public sculpture commission. Contemporary public sculpture often attracts a mixed reception; while many works stand the test of time, outstanding examples are relatively rare, and there is much that is second rate.

The first session considered the role of the public sculpture in the 'brave new world' of post-war Britain, and went on to consider why public sculpture is booming today, with new works appearing all the time in our towns and cities.

The second session looked in more detail at the commissioning process, and at corporate commissions, modern memorials, and sculpture created specifically as part of the social and economic re-generation of a city or a region.

The final session considered the increasing popularity of temporary sculptural projects like the celebrated  Poppies at the Tower of London, and the Fourth Plinth series in Trafalgar Square.Temporary public sculpture is a relatively new development that, at best, brings social and spiritual uplift to the urban scene.We were asked ‘Does it point the way to the Future?’

 

We were delighted to welcome Mary Yule to High Wycombe for this study day. Mary  has studied art history at Birkbeck College and the Courtauld Institute and gained an MA in 20th Century British Art. She was Assistant Director and Director of Grants at the Art Fund until 2006. Mary has lectured for the Art Fund and Kingston University ,and also at the National Gallery, the Wallace Collection, and Museums Association conferences and study days. Her publications include  A Place for Living Art : The Whitechapel Gallery 1952-68  in Artists and Patrons in Post-war Britain (2001) and articles in the Art Fund and museum publications.