Staring at art from the Tate's collection and thinking about it

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Pool V - Tim Scott

Tim Scott, Pool V, 1971, steel and plastic, 940 x 1994 x 686 mm, Tate.

Here we return to the moronic activity of looking at sculpture via a photograph.  Scott, part of the 'New Generation' of sculptors who followed in the wake of Anthony Caro and explored the new materials and methods of manipulation that modern industry made available, a decisive break from the stone carving and bronze casting of Henry Moore . Here steel is rendered floppy, so it resembles leather, or handwriting, or some sort of musical notation hanging from the bar line.  Possessing aesthetic weight, whilst itself being witty and light, looking at this it seems a shame that the 'New Generation' were usurped themselves so quickly by the 'New, New Generation' of conceptual sculptors such as Richard Long and Gilbert and George.

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