Proust, Epstein and more in 1913: The Shape of Time at Leeds' Henry Moore Institute

By Ben Miller | 22 November 2012
An image of a sculpture of human figures lying atop each other carved into stone
Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Wrestlers (1913, cast 1965). Herculite© The Sherwin Collection, Leeds / The Bridgeman Art Library
Exhibition Preview: 1913: The Shape of Time, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, until February 17 2013

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.

An image of a multicoloured piece of sculpture showing various lines and circles in blue
Ardengo Soffici, Deconstruction of the Planes of a Lamp (1912–13). Oil on panel© Estorick Collection, London
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.

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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More pictures:

A photo of a large angular black sculpture
Umberto Boccioni, Development of a Bottle in Space (1913, cast 2004–5). Bronze© Private collection. Photo: Vittorio Calore, Milan
A photo of a kind of mosaic sculpture pattern of triangles and lines in yellow and blue
Frederick Etchells / Omega Workshops, Hand-knotted rug (1913)© Chelsea space, University of the Arts London
A photo of a tree-style grey metal sculpture on top of a shiny square dark plinth
Umberto Boccioni, Development of a Bottle in Space (1913, cast 2004–5). Bronze© Private Collection, London
A photo of a blue illustration of a female figure against a white background
Amedeo Modigliani, Caryatid (1913). Pencil and crayon on paper© The Garman Ryan Collection, The New Art Gallery, Walsall
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