William Tucker, ‘Charcoal Drawings’
William Tucker Charcoal Drawings
11 Mar—22 Apr 2017

William Tucker Charcoal Drawings

11 Mar—22 Apr 2017
Buchmann Galerie
Press release

 

The Buchmann Gallerie is delighted to present a solo exhibition of drawings by William Tucker (*1935 Cairo).

Not only is William Tucker one of the leading figures of English sculpture after Henry Moore but also a draughtsman whose drawings display an extraordinary subtlety. The large-format charcoal drawings being shown at the Buchmann Galerie were produced between 1989 and 2004 as individual works which accompany the themes of the sculptures which extend the medium of the drawing. 

As of 1985 Tucker began to create works whose titles were borrowed from the mythology of classical antiquity. Changing between figure and pure form they maintain the sensitive moment of the transition from the inert amorphous mass out of which they have been created and move towards recognizable figures.      

The drawings which arose parallel to the sculptural work vigorously examine this intermediate zone oscillating between figuration and abstract gesture. Done in charcoal on paper, a material which allows the most delicate shades of grey as well as velvety blacks, bodies appear in the drawings which seem to be modelled out of lines and surfaces. The paper used for the charcoal drawings is treated by the artist with the same sensibility as the surfaces of his sculptures; the charcoal assumes a resolute presence somewhere between the rough paper’s flatness and depth

"Sculpture is the language of the physical." William Tucker remarked once. This excellent observation can be supplemented in the light of the drawings: the music of physicality rings loud and clear from Tucker’s drawings.  

 

In the 70’s William Tucker belonged to the influential circle of English sculptors, which also included Phillip King and Tim Scott, who were introduced as the ‚New Generation‘ in the exhibition of the same name at the Whitechapel Art Gallery London in 1965. And it was here that decisive impulses for the evolution of abstract sculpture and a broadening of the term sculpture came to the fore. William Tucker took part in the pioneering exhibition for American Minimal Art called Primary Structures at the Jewish Museum in New York. It was at this time that he also became well-known as a theorist, critic and organizer of exhibitions. William Tucker has been living in the USA since 1976.

Recent solo xhibitions of William Tucker’s work were at the Kunstmuseum Winthertur as well as at the Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao. 

 

If you wish to obtain further information on the artist, please do not hesitate to contact the gallery.

 

William Tucker, ‘Charcoal Drawings’

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

2022
2020
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2010
2009
2008
2006
2005
2004
2002
2001
1998
1988
1987

Group Exhibitions

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2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2002
2001
1999
1996
1979
1975
1972
1969
1968
1966
1965
1961
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