60: Sixty Years of Sculpture in the Arts Council Collection

18.03.06 - 25.06.06
2006 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the Arts Council Collection. The Arts Council Collection is the largest loan collection of post-war British art in the world. Since 1946, it has acquired some 7,500 works - including over 700 sculptures and installations - for loan to exhibitions and public spaces across the UK and beyond.

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60 is an exhibition of modern and contemporary sculpture from the Arts Council Collection. Celebrating sixty years of collecting, 60 presents sixty works by the leading figures and the rising stars of British art.

60 is the first survey of British sculpture ever to be held at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Presented chronologically, the show starts with some of the earliest acquisitions, including works by the Yorkshire-born sculptors Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. It continues with work by a 'New Generation' of sculptors such as Anthony Caro and William Tucker, who produced brightly coloured sculptures using industrial materials. Other highlights include a film of a performance by the 'living sculptures', Gilbert & George, Tony Cragg's rainbow coloured installation made from discarded everyday objects, and Anish Kapoor's extraordinary sculpture featuring heaps of coloured pigment.

60 also unveils some of the newest acquisitions by artists including Anya Gallaccio, Gareth Jones and Eva Rothschild. Gallaccio's stunning work 'can love remember the question and the answer' (2003) is on display for the first time since it was acquired. It features sixty scarlet gerbera flowers set behind the glass panels of an antique door; the flowers will decay during the course of the exhibition.

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