Exhibition Preview: 1913: The Shape of Time, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, until February 17 2013
© The Sherwin Collection, Leeds / The Bridgeman Art Library
This is a show about the far-out possibilities of sculpture. In 1913, the adoption of 24-hour clock and divided global time zones were hot topics of discussion, with simultaneity the name of the game.
In literature, books by Marcel Proust, Sergei Diaghilev and Roger Fry were introducing big conceptual questions. Sculptors such as Archipenko, Gutfreund and Gaudier-Brzeska took it upon themselves to represent the complexities of life in a changing world, joined by Boccioni’s futurism, the dynamism of Baranov-Rossiné (who visualises time speeded up by European industrialisation) and Duchamp’s defiant take on established measurements, symbolised here in 3 Standard Stoppages.
© Estorick Collection, London
In two-dimensional works, Modigliani and de Chirico imagine architectural sculpture. Carvings by Epstein and Gill, meanwhile, maintain traditional approaches. In total, 22 works from 1913 feature, portraying a revolutionary year in art and theory.
Concurrent exhibitions in Gallery 4 also offer a faithful repetition by Sturtevant of Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel sculpture and a photographic study of museum sculptural collections of the time.
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© Private collection. Photo: Vittorio Calore, Milan
© Chelsea space, University of the Arts London
© Private Collection, London
© The Garman Ryan Collection, The New Art Gallery, Walsall