Sculptural Forms at Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester

Blotter Figures: Standing Still 1999 Juan Munoz Polyester resin

Blotter Figures: Standing Still 1999 Juan Munoz Polyester resin

You’ve got just a week left to catch Sculptural Forms: A Century of Experiment at Manchester Art Gallery. The exhibition examines the different ways sculpture has been interpreted over the past hundred years. It combines some visually stunning pieces, like Juan Munoz’ Blotter Figure, a masked figure which resembles a walking pile of thick woollen fabric, and Sarah Lucas’ Willy, a gigantic gnome created from cigarettes.

Willy 2000 Sarah Lucas Plastic, tobacco, paper and glue

Willy 2000 Sarah Lucas Plastic, tobacco, paper and glue

Other stand out pieces include Jacob Epstein’s weary looking Sick Child, a spooky bronze statue of the top half of a girl looking wearily over a white plinth and Poupée Pascale, a bizarre ‘doll’ by Pascale Martine Tayou fashioned from kitchen implements coupled with head made from blown glass.

The Sick Child (12th portrait of Peggy Jean) 1928 Jacob Epstein Bronze

The Sick Child (12th portrait of Peggy Jean) 1928 Jacob Epstein Bronze

On the top floor of Manchester Art Gallery is Ryan Gander’s Make Every Show Like It’s Your Last. Before the show opened the artist had received a rave write up in The Sunday Times and that, combined with Manchester Art Gallery’s reputation of delivering some spectacular shows like First Cut and Time Machine: The Work of Joana Vasconselos created high expectations. You’ve got two weeks left to see it for yourself and make up your own mind.

Magnus Opus 2013 Ryan Gander

Magnus Opus 2013 Ryan Gander

Sculptural Forms: A Century of Experiment at Manchester Art Gallery, until 7th September 2014

Ryan Gander Make Every Show Like It’s Your Last at Manchester Art Gallery, until 14th September 2014.

 

 

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