Dialectical Materialism: Aspects of British Sculpture since the 1960s offers a glimpse into the shifting terrain of British sculpture over the last fifty years. Conceived by the esteemed art dealer and writer Karsten Schubert (1961—2019), the exhibition celebrates his lasting legacy and vision after his recent death. Reflecting on his own relationships, Karsten Schubert selected the six artists for their ground-breaking abstraction and emphasis on the physicality of their materials.
The exhibition will include museum quality pieces by Anthony Caro, Barry Flanagan, Richard Long, William Turnbull, Rachel Whiteread and Alison Wilding. These six hugely talented sculptors not only dealt with their own ideas about material and space but also boldly responded to what came before them. Dialectical Materialism begins with pieces from the 1960s by Anthony Caro, Barry Flanagan, and William Turnbull, whose work liberated sculpture from the plinth, allowing for a new freedom of space. Likewise, Alison Wilding, whose work Schubert showed at his first gallery exhibition in 1986, is renowned as one of today's most respected sculptors for her use of diverse materials and scales.
'This exhibition takes up the potentialities of juxtaposition, exploring pairings and dialogues and celebrating the creative and highly productive tensions that can lie both within and between sculptures and sculptors.' - Dr Jon Wood, Curatorial Advisor
Press release courtesy Karsten Schubert.