Fresh Encounters: contemporary sculpture and the public space – Anna Moszynska
The role of sculpture has changed substantially in recent times. Anna Moszynska looks at how the concept of monument and memorial, familiar since classical antiquity, has shifted towards other concerns. Sculpture now plays a vitally important role in terms of site in the city.
The idea of the sculpture park came into being in Britain in the mid-20th century, thanks to the efforts of Sir Henry Moore, and has grown exponentially across the globe.
Water has attracted artists to make exceptional works in or alongside it; and sculpture has become a challenging and exciting space for social encounter.
Anna includes Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Richard Long, Claes Oldenburg, Cornelia Parker and Rachel Whiteread.
Image above: Anish Kapoor Installation view 2015; Château de Versailles
Anna Moszynska is a London-based lecturer and writer specialising in contemporary art. During the 1990s, she oversaw the development of the first British Master’s Degree in the subject at Sotheby’s Institute.
She has also taught at institutions including The City Lit, the Royal Academy and Tate London, as well as lecturing in cities ranging from Dubai to New York.
She currently teaches at academic institutions in London and Paris and runs her own courses. Her books include Abstract Art (1990, enlarged ed. 2020) and Sculpture Now (2013), both published by Thames & Hudson.
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