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William Tucker, ‘Tauromachy’, Installation view, 2008
William Tucker
Tauromachy
Installation view
2008
Bronze
158 (h) x 258 x 140 cm / 62 (h) x 99 x 59 in

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William Tucker, ‘Atreus’, 1987
William Tucker
Atreus, 1987
Bronze
119 (h) x 106 x 55 cm / 47 (h) x 41 3/4 x 21 3/4 in

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William Tucker, ‘Skulptur’, Installation view, Buchmann Galerie, 2015
William Tucker
Installation view
Buchmann Galerie
2015

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William Tucker, ‘Frenhofer’, 1998
William Tucker
Frenhofer, 1998
Bronze
210 (h) x 210 x 250 cm / 82½ (h) x 82½ x 98½ in

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William Tucker, ‘Frenhofer’, 1998
William Tucker
Frenhofer, 1998
Bronze
210 (h) x 210 x 250 cm / 82½ (h) x 82½ x 98½ in

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William Tucker, ‘Tauromachy’, 2008
William Tucker
Tauromachy, 2008
Bronze
158 (h) x 258 x 140 cm / 62 (h) x 99 x 59 in

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William Tucker, ‘Skulptur’, Installation view, Buchmann Galerie, 2015
William Tucker
Installation view
Buchmann Galerie
2015

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William Tucker, ‘Skulptur’, Installation view, Buchmann Galerie, 2015
William Tucker
Installation view
Buchmann Galerie
2015

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William Tucker, ‘Adam’, 1994
William Tucker
Adam, 1994
Bronze
94(h) x 94 x 73,7 cm / 37(h) x 37 x 29 in

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William Tucker, ‘Adam’, 1994
William Tucker
Adam, 1994
Bronze
94(h) x 94 x 73,7 cm / 37(h) x 37 x 29 in

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William Tucker, ‘Oedipus III’, 2014
William Tucker
Oedipus III, 2014
Bronze
16,5 (h) x 55 x 37 cm / 6 (h) x 21 x 14 in

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William Tucker, ‘Oedipus III’, 2014
William Tucker
Oedipus III, 2014
Bronze
16,5 (h) x 55 x 37 cm / 6 (h) x 21 x 14 in

William Tucker

Skulptur

1 May25 Jul 2015

Buchmann Galerie

Press release

The Buchmann Gallery is delighted to announce the second solo show of works by the British/American sculptor William Tucker (*1935 in Cairo, lives in Williamsburg, MA). 

 

In the 1970s, Tucker belonged to the highly influential circle of English sculptors that included Philip King and Tim Scott, who were presented as the ‘New Generation’ in the eponymous exhibition at London’s Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1965. This group had a decisive impact on the development of abstract sculpture and was largely instrumental in broadening the concept of sculpture. In 1966, William Tucker was invited to take part in the seminal exhibition Primary Structures at the Jewish Museum in New York, a decisive moment in American Minimal Art. During this period he also made a name for himself as a theoretician, critic and curator. In 1972, Tucker published The Language of Sculpture as well as reviews and essays in Studio International, the British counterpart of ARTFORUM. In 1975, he organised The Condition of Sculpture show at the Hayward Gallery in London. 

 

William Tucker’s current work, which is being presented in this solo show, references the human body. Against the background of his earlier work this may seem surprising. However, Tucker approaches the line between figuration and abstraction very openly and does not view it as a contradiction. The reference is fluid, changing, but it does always come back to the human figure. “Any sculpture is a figure in a sense, if it reads as a total, a unity.” (William Tucker, First Magazine, 1961)

 

Despite their figurative reference, the shape of the sculptures cannot immediately be deciphered and named. They do not depict a simple, clearly readable human shape or gesture. Instead, the sculptures open up a wide field of potential associations, which gives them their insistent and unique physical corporeality. William Tucker’s sculptures have a presence that puts our own body in relation to them and thus heightens our awareness of it. 

 

His engagement with the nature, structure and mass of the human body led Tucker to create a series of sculptures, for example Xanthe (1992) and Oedipus III (2014), which are determined more by their abstract shape than their immediately apparent form. 

 

The imposing sculpture Frenhofer (1995) is one of the artist’s largest torsos. Other pieces from this body of work are Pamona in the Tate London collection, Demeter in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art New York, and Eve in the Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden Wuppertal.

 

Originally modelled in plaster, Tucker cast his piece Tauromachy (2008) in bronze for the first time for this show. Tauromachy started as a fist, but it suggests a charging bull as in Goya’s Tauromachy etchings. The immediate physical presence of the sculpture also gives it a tangible muscular strength.   

 

Oedipus III (2014) sees William Tucker taking a new approach to surfaces: this piece is finished in an unusually intense red colour. 

 

“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)

 

Sculptures by William Tucker can be seen in several collections, including the Tate Gallery in London, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Metropolitan Museum New York, the Nasher Sculpture Center Dallas and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney. 

 

The Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao will be presenting a major show of William Tucker’s work from 9 June until 14 September 2015.

 

For additional information on the artist or for visual materials on the works in the exhibition, please do not hesitate to contact the gallery at any time.

Pressemitteilung

Die Buchmann Galerie freut sich, die zweite Einzelausstellung mit dem britisch/amerikanischen Bildhauer William Tucker (*1935 in Cairo, lebt in Williamsburg, MA) 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. Die Bezüge sind fließend, verändern sich, aber kommen immer wieder zurück auf die menschliche Figur. “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. Die Skulpturen eröffnen vielmehr ein weites Feld möglicher Assoziationen und erlangen dadurch ihre eindringliche und einzigartige Physis. 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 wie Xanthe (1992) oder Oedipus III (2014) geführt, die eher durch ihre abstrakte als durch ihre offensichtliche Form bestimmt sind.

 

Die imposante Skulptur Frenhofer (1995) ist eine der größten Torsi des Künstlers. Zu der gleichen Werkgruppe zählt Pamona in der Sammlung der Tate London, Demeter, in der Sammlung des Museum of Modern Art New York oder Eve im Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden Wuppertal.

 

Ursprünglich in Gips modelliert hat Tucker für die Ausstellung seine Arbeit Tauromachy (2008) erstmals in Bronze gegossen. Tauromachy begann als Faust, aber suggeriert einen angreifenden Stier, wie in den Tauromachy Radierungen von Goya. Auch in ihrer unmittelbaren Physis wirkt die Skulptur ungeheuer kraftvoll. 

 

Eine neuartige Richtung der Bearbeitung von Oberflächen schlägt William Tucker mit Oedipus III (2014) ein, die eine ungewöhnlich intensiv-rote Farbe hat.

 

“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 von William Tucker befinden sich unter anderem in der Sammlung der Tate Gallery in London, des Guggenheim Museum, des Museum of Modern Art New York, des Metropolitan Museum New York, dem Nasher Sculpture Center Dallas und der Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney.

 

Das Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao zeigt ab dem 9. Juni bis 14. September eine große Überblicksausstellung zu William Tuckers Werken.

 

Für weitere Informationen über den Künstler und für Bildmaterial zu den Arbeiten in der Ausstellung können Sie sich gerne jederzeit mit der Galerie in Verbindung setzen.

William Tucker

Born 1935 in Cairo, Egypt

Lives and works in Massachusetts, USA

Education

1968-1970 Gregory Fellowship in Sculpture, University of Leeds
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

Solo Exhibitions

2017
Objects are closer than they appear, Buchmann Galerie
William Tucker – Charcoal Drawings, Buchmann Galerie
2016
Kunstmuseum Winterthur (cat.)
2015
Conduit Gallery, Dallas
Mass and Figure, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao (cat.)
Sculpture, Buchmann Galerie Berlin
2014
Buchmann Galerie, Agra
William Tucker RA: Unearthing the Figure, Pangolin, London
2013
if i knew i would tell you, Conduit Gallery, Dallas
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
Conduit Gallery, Dallas
McKee Gallery, New York
2007
Conduit Gallery, Dallas
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
Rodin, Grand Palais, Paris (cat.)
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
From outside in floats a music box, Conduit Gallery, Dallas
78701 > 78676, D. Berman Gallery, Wimberley
The Object of Desire, D. Berman Gallery, Wimberley
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
10th Anniversary Group Show!, D. Berman Gallery, Wimberley
Personal Identities/Contemporary Portraits, Sonoma University Art Gallery, Rohnert Park
2009
Drawn (not quartered), D. Berman Gallery, Wimberley
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