William Tucker has been creating sculptures for more than five decades and is one of the most highly esteemed sculptors of our time. In addition to his sculptural work, he is also a prolific writer on the subject of sculpture.
With Phillip King and Tim Scott, William Tucker counted among the influential group of British sculptors who were introduced as the New Generation at the eponymous exhibition at London’s Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1965. Their work provided fresh inspiration for the development of abstract sculpture as well as a far broader interpretation of the concept of sculpture. Tucker was invited to show his work at the seminal Primary Structures exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York in 1966, the defining moment for American Minimal Art.
His book The Language of Sculpture, with its idiosyncratic take on modern sculpture from Degas and Rodin to Brancusi and Matisse was published in 1974 to considerable acclaim.
Tucker’s recent sculptures take the human form as their reference. Despite their figurative reference, the sculptures are not immediately decipherable or identifiable. Rather, the works open up a wide range of associations, thus achieving their intense, undeniable physicality.
His sculptures have a presence that relates to our body and so makes us more aware. As Joy Sleeman suggests in The Sculpture of William Tucker, “Tucker’s sculpture asks fundamental questions as to what sculpture is and what it can be.” (Lund Humphries/The Henry Moore Foundation, 2007).
William Tucker was born in Cairo in 1935 and lived in the UK until he moved to the United States in the early 1980s. Initially residing in New York, he later settled in Williamsburg, Massachusetts. Important sculptures from Tucker’s recent period are in the collections of, among others, the Tate Gallery in London, the Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney.
Born 1935 in Cairo, Egypt
Lives and works in Massachusetts, USA
|1959-1960||Studies at St. Martin’s College of Art and Design, London|
|1955-1958||Studies at University of Oxford, England|
|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|
|Gregory Fellowship in Sculpture, University of Leeds|
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