William Tucker

Sculpture

15 Mar20 Apr 2013

Buchmann Galerie

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William Tucker, ‘Sculpture’, Installation view, Buchmann Galerie, 2013
William Tucker
Sculpture
Installation view
Buchmann Galerie
2013

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William Tucker, ‘Victory’, 2001
William Tucker
Victory, 2001
Bronze
109 (h) x 152,5 x 91,5 cm / 43 (h) x 60 x 36 in

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William Tucker, ‘Vishnu’, 1995
William Tucker
Vishnu, 1995
Bronze
213 (h) x 165 x 167,5 cm / 84 (h) x 65 x 66 in

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William Tucker, ‘Sculpture’, Installation view, Buchmann Galerie, 2013
William Tucker
Sculpture
Installation view
Buchmann Galerie
2013

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William Tucker, ‘Sculpture’, Installation view, Buchmann Galerie, 2013
William Tucker
Sculpture
Installation view
Buchmann Galerie
2013

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William Tucker, ‘Sculpture’, Installation view, Buchmann Galerie, 2013
William Tucker
Sculpture
Installation view
Buchmann Galerie
2013

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William Tucker, ‘Bibi (Homage to Rodin)’, 1999
William Tucker
Bibi (Homage to Rodin), 1999
Bronze
114 (h) x 101,5 x 91,5 cm / 45 (h) x 40 x 36 in

William Tucker

Sculpture

15 Mar20 Apr 2013

Buchmann Galerie

Press release

Buchmann Galerie is pleased to announce its first exhibition devoted exclusively to the work of British/American sculptor William Tucker (*1935 in Cairo).  

 

In the 1970s, Tucker counted among the influential group of English sculptors, among them Philip King and Tim Scott, who were introduced as the “New Generation” at the eponymous exhibition at London’s Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1965 and whose works provided new inspiration for the development of abstract sculpture as well as a far broader interpretation of the concept of sculpture. William Tucker was also invited to the seminal “Primary Structures” exhibition at the Jewish Museum in York in 1966, the defining moment for American Minimal Art. A theorist, critic and exhibition organiser at the time, Tucker published The Language of Sculpture in 1972 as well as reviews and essays in Studio International, the English counterpart of ARTFORUM, and organised “The Condition of Sculpture” exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London in 1975.  

 

William Tucker’s latest work now on show at Buchmann Galerie takes the human figure as its reference. In the light of his early abstract work, this may seem surprising, but Tucker takes a very open approach to the distinction between the figurative and the abstract, sees no contradiction. “Any sculpture is a figure in a sense, if it reads as a total, a unity.” (WT in First Magazine, 1961) 

 

Despite their figurative reference, the sculptures are not immediately decipherable or nameable. They do not refer to a simple, clearly interpretable human form or gesture – nothing stands on one leg, kneels or sits. Rather, the sculptures open up a wide range of possible associations, thus achieving their intense, undeniable physicality. William Tucker’s sculptures have a presence that relates to our body and so makes us aware.  

 

In his sculptures, William Tucker concerns himself with the nature, structure and mass of the human body, and this has resulted in a number of sculptures which, interestingly, are more abstract than apparent in form. 

 

The exhibition at Buchmann Galerie includes the two monumental bronzes Vishnu and Eve as well as Victory and Homage to Rodin (Bibi), a perfect example of William Tucker’s ability to place innovative sculpture in a historical context. 

 

“Tucker’s sculpture asks fundamental questions as to what sculpture is and what it can be.” (Joy Sleeman, The Sculpture of William Tucker, Lund Humphries, The Henry Moore Foundation, 2007) 

 

Important sculptures from Tucker’s current creative period can be found, among others, in the collection of the Tate Gallery in London, at the Guggenheim Museum and the MoMA in New York, the NasWales in Sydney.  

Pressemitteilung

Die Buchmann Galerie freut sich die erste Einzelausstellung mit dem britisch/amerikanischen Bildhauer William Tucker (*1935 in Cairo) anzukündigen.  

 

Tucker zählte in den 1970er Jahren zu dem einflussreichen Kreis englischer Bildhauer wie Philip King oder Tim Scott, die als ‘New Generation’ in der gleichnamigen Ausstellung in der Whitechapel Art Gallery London 1965 vorgestellt wurden und entscheidende Impulse für die Entwicklung der abstrakten Skulptur und die Erweiterung des Skulpturenbegriffes setzten. William Tucker war 1966 eingeladen zu der wegweisenden Ausstellung ‘Primary Structures’ im Jewish Museum in New York, dem entscheidenden Moment für die Amerikanische Minimal Art. In dieser Zeit wurde er auch als Theoretiker, Kritiker und Ausstellungsmacher bekannt. Tucker veröffentlichte 1972 ‘The Language of Sculpture’ und publizierte Reviews und Essays in Studio International, das englische Gegenstück zu ARTFORUM. In der Hayward Gallery London organisierte er 1975 ‘The Condition of Sculpture’.  

 

Das aktuelle Werk von William Tucker das in der Galerie präsentiert wird, hat einen Bezug zur menschlichen Figur. Vor dem Hintergrund der frühen Arbeiten ist dies überraschend. Doch die Abgrenzung zwischen Figuration und Abstraktion behandelt Tucker offen und sieht darin keinen Widerspruch. “Any sculpture is a figure in a sense, if it reads as a total, a unity.” (William Tucker, First Magazine, 1961) 

 

Trotz ihres figurativen Bezuges sind die Skulpturen in ihrer Form nicht sofort zu entschlüsseln und benennen. Sie verweisen nicht auf eine einfache, klar ablesbare menschliche Form oder Geste – nichts steht auf einem Bein, kniet oder sitzt. Die Skulpturen eröffnen vielmehr ein weites Feld möglicher Assoziationen und erlangen so ihre eindringliche und einzigartige Physis, der man sich nicht entziehen kann. William Tuckers Skulpturen haben eine Präsenz, die unseren Körper in Bezug zu ihnen stellt und so bewusst macht.  

 

Die Beschäftigung mit der Natur, Struktur und Masse des menschlichen Körpers, hat Tucker zu einer Reihe von Skulpturen geführt, die interessanter Weise eher durch ihre abstrakte als durch ihre offensichtliche Form bestimmt sind.  

 

Die Ausstellung in der Buchmann Galerie zeigt unter anderem die zwei monumentalen Bronzen Vishnu und Eve sowie Victory und Hommage to Rodin (Bibi), eine Skulptur die exemplarisch zeigt, wie sich William Tucker als innovativer Bildhauer auch auf einen historischen Kontextes bezieht. 

 

“Tucker’s sculpture asks fundamental questions as to what sculpture is and what it can be.” (Joy Sleeman, The Sculpture of William Tucker, Lund Humphries, The Henry Moore Foundation, 2007) 

 

Skulpturen aus der aktuellen Schaffensphase von William Tucker befinden sich unter anderem in der Sammlung der Tate Gallery London, im Guggenheim Museum und im MoMA New York, im Nasher Sculpture Center Dallas sowie in der ASydney.  

William Tucker

Born 1935 in Cairo, Egypt

Lives and works in Massachusetts, USA

Education

1959-1960 Studies at St. Martin’s College of Art and Design, London
1955-1958 Studies at University of Oxford, England

Grants and Awards

2011 Elected as honorary National Academician, National Academy Museum, New York
2010  Lifetime Achievement Award, International Sculpture Center, Hamilton
2009  Jack Goldhill Award for Sculpture, Royal Academy of Arts, London
1995  Rodin-Moore Memorial Prize, Second Fujisankei Biennale Hakone Open-Air Museum, Japan
1991  Sculpture Center Award for Distinction in Sculpture
1980 Guggenheim Fellowship

1968-1970

Gregory Fellowship in Sculpture, University of Leeds

Solo Exhibitions

2017
Buchmann Galerie
2016
Kunstmuseum Winterthur (cat.)
2015
Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao (cat.)
Buchmann Galerie Berlin
2014
Buchmann Galerie, Agra
Pangolin, London
2013
Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
Waldfrieden Sculpture Park, Wuppertal
2012
Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco
McKee Gallery, New York
The Margulies Collection, Miami
2010
Pangolin Gallery, London
2009
Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco
2008
McKee Gallery, New York
2006
DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln
2005
McKee Gallery, New York
2004
Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco
2002
McKee Gallery, New York
New York Studio School, New York
2001
Tate Gallery, Liverpool
1998
Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen
1988
Storm King Art Centre, New York
1987
Tate Gallery, London

Group Exhibitions

2017
Objects are closer than they appear, Buchmann Galerie
Rodin, Grand Palais, Paris (cat.)
Color is, Waddington Custot, London
2016
Zeichnung, Buchmann Galerie
Jubilee, Gallery Pangolin, Chalford
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Sculpture at Pilane 2016, Pilane, SE
Boys’ Toys & Girls’ Pearls, galerie bob van orsouw, Zurich
2015
Figure, Buchmann Galerie Berlin
Harmony and Transition, Marta Herford
2013
The Mythic Figure, Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York
2012
More than meets the eye, Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
2011
United Enemies - The Problem of Sculpture in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
2010
Seven British Artists In Milan 1965-1975, Austin/Desmond Fine Art, London
Crucible 2010, Crucible, Gloucester
Personal Identities/Contemporary Portraits, Sonoma University Art Gallery, Rohnert Park
2009
Sette inglesi a Milano, Galleria Milano, Milan
The Big Show 4, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton
After the Pedestal, the 5th Annual of Smaller Sculpture from the Region, The Sculpture Center, Cleveland
2008
New generation revisited: British sculpture from the sixties and seventies, New Art Centre, Salisbury
2007
Apropos, Galerie Claudia Delank, Cologne
Autumn Exhibition 2007, Gallery Pangolin, Chalford
Zeichnungen, Graphik und Objekte von Bildhauern II, Galerie Claudia Delank, Cologne
Summer Group Show, McKee Gallery, New York
Small Bodies, McKee Gallery, New York City
2006
Group Show, McKee Gallery, New York
60. Sixty Years of Sculpture in the Arts Council Collection, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
2005
Body Language, Gallery Pangolin, Chalford
Recent Modernist sculpture, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia
Summer Group Show, McKee Gallery, New York
Stroll on!, Musée d´art moderne et contemporain, Geneva
Private view: forty years on, Rocket, London
2004
The Tom Bendhem Collection, Ben Uri Gallery, The London Jewish Museum of Art, London
2002
Sterling Stuff, Gallery Pangolin, Chalford
Group Show, McKee Gallery, New York
Group Show, McKee Gallery, New York
2001
Garner Tullis, The Art of Collaboration, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson
1999
Egg of Columbus?, Galerie Carla Stützer GmbH & Co.KG, Cologne
British Sculpture, Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Innsbruck
1996
L'œil du collectionneur, Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal
1979
Contemporary Sculpture from Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York
1975
The Condition of Sculpture, Hayward Gallery, London
1972
XXXVI. Venice Biennale
1969
New British Painting and Sculpture, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston
1968
documenta 4, Kassel
1966
Primary Structures: Younger American and British Sculpture, The Jewish Museum of New York, New York
1965
New Generation: Interim, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
1961
II. Biennale de Paris, Biennale de Paris, Paris

Selected Collections

Aberdeen Art Gallery, Scotland

Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Arts Council of Great Britain, London

British Council, London

The British Museum, London

City of Bilbao, Spain

Contemporary Art Society, London

Florida International University, Miami, FL

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Tokyo, Japan

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, The Netherlands

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark

The Margulies Collection, Miami

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY

Peter Stuyvesant Foundation, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England

Tate Gallery, London

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN