Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Tate Britain: Figures

More pictures from my recent forays to Tate Britain, this time focusing on their collection of figurative sculpture which is particularly prominent in their current displays.

There is a really strong showing of Moore's majestic pieces at the moment which speak of family unity.

And also Tracey's notorious unmade bed, which speaks an entirely different story on human relationships... 

Antony Gormley's bread bed, (Bed, 1980-1), reminds me of those carved figures on medieval tombs, laid to rest side by side, together for eternity.

Jacob Epstein's Jacob and the Angel (1940-1), an epic tussle, or an angelic hug?

The South Wind, and The East Wind, carvings by Eric Gill.

Eduardo Paolozzi's man-machine Cyclops, (1957)

Michael Sandler, Der Trommler (1985)

James Harvard Thomas, Thyrsis (1912)

Thomas Brock, Eve (1900)

In contrast to all of these static figures - modern and classical, frozen in a moment in time by their sculptors, is the movement of the live figures of dancers performing Pablo Bronstein's - Historical Dances In An Antique Setting. It has been lovely to return time and again and to watch these dancers in their red tops, and over-large necklaces and rings, completely focused, going through the stylised paces of their choreography with graceful movements, sometimes in silence, and at others accompanied by what sounds like mournful medieval music.

Pablo Bronstein - Historical Dances In An Antique Setting
until 9th October
Duveen Galleries

Tate Britain