How artists over the past 25 years have reinvented the genre of figurative sculpture by reinterpreting earlier movements in art history as well as by drawing on imagery from contemporary culture.
Much of this work sets up dialogues with modernist as well as classical or archaic models of art in order to engage and confront the question of how we represent the 'human' today.
Eschewing concerns related to psychological portraiture, the participating artists use the figure as a catalyst for evoking far-ranging content, including subjects spanning political violence and mortality to sexuality and voyeurism. In these works, the human form hovers between familiarity and an unsettling otherness, between signs of presence and absence, agency and objectification, as artists find novel ways to question our commonplace codes of subjectivity and to challenge our impulse to identify with the anthropomorphic.
The exhibition features works by more than 20 leading international artists including Pawel Althamer, Huma Bhabha, Frank Benson, Katharina Fritsch, Ryan Gander, Rachel Harrison, Georg Herold, Thomas Hirschhorn, Paul McCarthy, John Miller, Cady Noland, Ugo Rondinone, Thomas Schutte, Yinka Shonebare, Paloma Varga-Weisz, Rebecca Warren, Andro Wekuo, and Cathy Wilkes.
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