Five summer sculpture shows

Published 24 June 2015

Find your summer inspiration at our favourite sculpture shows of the season.

1. Caro in Yorkshire, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth Wakefield

​Free entry to all

Praised as ‘the greatest sculptor of his generation’, Anthony Caro and his ground-breaking career are being celebrated by the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle. There are two main exhibitions, at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth Wakefield. The former will be showing rarely seen sketches and figurative works in dialogue with those that marked a major shift in Caro’s style. Following his first trip to the United States in 1959, Caro made the radical decision to take sculpture off the plinth and place it on the ground. This completely changed the way viewers interacted with his work as they could now engage with it not only visually but also physically. He termed it ‘sculpitecture’, and The Hepworth Wakefield will look at Caro’s development of the practice and his interest in architecture (18 July to 1 November 2015).

2. Richard Long: Time and Space, Arnolfini

Free entry to all

Having studied at Central Saint Martins under Anthony Caro, Long is the only artist to have been nominated for the Turner Prize four times (he won it in 1989). This exhibition shows almost 50 years of his work and demonstrates how the ideas he coined as a young artist have developed throughout his career. Although Long has created work internationally, this show looks at the many examples that he made near Bristol and the Southwest, where he currently lives and practises (31 July to 15 November 2015).

3. Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World, Tate Britain

50% off with the National Art Pass

Although she is much loved and her work widely visible, Barbara Hepworth’s retrospective at Tate Britain is the first in London in 47 years. The show follows her career from her humble beginnings in the studio to her unflinching commitment to abstraction. Hepworth’s somewhat reluctant move to the small town of St Ives gave her the space and the isolation to focus and create some of her most iconic abstract works. ‘I do not want to make a stone horse that is trying to and cannot smell the air,’ she said. ‘How lovely is the horse’s sensitive nose, the dog’s moving ears and deep eyes; but to me these are not stone forms and the love of them and the emotion can only be expressed in more abstract terms’ (to 25 October 2015).

4. Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust, Royal Academy of Arts

Reduced price with the National Art Pass

He lived with his mother in Queens and seldom ventured beyond New York City; however, Joseph Cornell created the most exotic and dreamlike worlds in his ‘shadow boxes’. A self-taught artist, Cornell was a pioneer of assemblage. Despite his bashfulness and reclusive tendencies, he exhibited with the Surrealists at MoMA and forged relationships with some of the greatest artistic talents of the day. Look out for Cornell’s charming Tilly Losch, named after the Viennese dancer, which hints at his attraction to glamorous women and pays homage to his numerous friendships with ballerinas (4 July to 27 September 2015).

5. Phyllida Barlow: set, The Fruitmarket Gallery

Free entry to all

Known for her colossal, bulging, ceiling-scraping works, Barlow was asked to ‘turn the Fruitmarket Gallery upside down’. She describes her usually site-specific sculptures as ‘anti-monumental’ because their status as monuments is undermined by her use of detrital material. Despite this, the anti-monuments carry a definite sense of history as Barlow invariably dismantles her sculptures and recycles the materials into other works (27 June to 18 October 2015).

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