Bruce McLean – Another condition of sculpture

15 February - 11 May 2014

Leeds Art Gallery

Bruce McLean has been investigating the condition of sculpture since the late 1960s. In a range of media he has creatively interrogated its diverse possibilities of meaning and its presentations, its private and public settings and its critical contexts. This exhibition opening at Leeds Art Gallery brings together paintings, drawings, ceramics, films and photographs from 1960s to the present day highlighting his continuously lively, witty and profound inquiry.

The exhibition displays Henry Moore’s Falling Warrior (1956-7) alongside McLean’s early work Fallen Warrior (1969) a photographic documentation of a performance, when he used his own body to parody the poses of Henry Moore’s celebrated work. McLean has done more than perhaps any other British artist since the 1960s to keep sculpture both conceptually mobile and vital. At a time when many sculptors were eliminating the plinth McLean brought it back, emphasising its incitement to stagecraft and theatricality.

Another condition of sculpture presents original documentation of Mclean’s performance projects from late 60s and 70s including rarely seen photographs where Mclean projects onto, covers up and props his body to interrogate the notion of using his whole body as a sculptural vehicle of expression. Included in the exhibition are a selection of new paintings of things that look like sculpture, sometimes based on photographs of sculpture, overlapping paintings of sculpture, installed in the gallery to questions the relationship between painting and sculpture these new works may be regarded as paintings but McLean is a sculptor and he considers his whole body of work from performance, photography, film, ceramics to be sculpture. Together they all contribute to introduce McLean to a new audience and explore his work over the last 40 years through a prism of new and recent work.

To accompany the exhibition will be the first public showing of a new live performance The Changing Room.

The Changing Room

Thursday 8 May

Premier performance of a new ‘Opera’

Performance and live action have been pivotal to Bruce McLean’s art from the 1970s onwards. To accompany McLean’s exhibition ‘Another condition of sculpture’ [14 February – 11 May 2014] the artist presents a new live work – a chamber opera - realised in collaboration with Sam Belinfante and Lawrence Preece, in the dramatic setting of the Tiled Hall, once the Gallery’s sculpture court

Two performances only: at 7pm and 9pm (each lasting 1 hour)

Full price tickets: £12; £8 cons

Limited Capacity: call 0113 395 7116 to book

The exhibition has been curated in partnership with Leeds Art Gallery and firstsite, Colchester.


Bruce McLean will be installing the work at Leeds Art Gallery and is available for interview on request. For further information, interviews or images please contact Lucie Walker at Anita Morris Associates on 01943 603311 /

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