William Tucker, ‘William Tucker - Charcoal Drawings’, Installation view, Buchmann Galerie, 2017
William Tucker
William Tucker - Charcoal Drawings
Installation view
Buchmann Galerie
2017
William Tucker, ‘William Tucker - Charcoal Drawings’, Installation view, Buchmann Galerie, 2017
William Tucker
William Tucker - Charcoal Drawings
Installation view
Buchmann Galerie
2017
William Tucker, ‘Untitled (#3)’, 1989
William Tucker
Untitled (#3), 1989
charcoal on paper
119,5 x 106,5 cm / 47 x 42 in
William Tucker, ‘Untitled (#4)’, 1990
William Tucker
Untitled (#4), 1990
charcoal on paper
119,5 x 106,5 cm / 47 x 42 in
William Tucker, ‘Untitled (#5)’, 1989
William Tucker
Untitled (#5), 1989
charcoal on paper
119,5 x 106,5 cm / 47 x 42 in
William Tucker, ‘William Tucker - Charcoal Drawings’, Installation view, Buchmann Galerie, 2017
William Tucker
William Tucker - Charcoal Drawings
Installation view
Buchmann Galerie
2017
William Tucker, ‘William Tucker - Charcoal Drawings’, Installation view, Buchmann Galerie, 2017
William Tucker
William Tucker - Charcoal Drawings
Installation view
Buchmann Galerie
2017
William Tucker, ‘William Tucker - Charcoal Drawings’, Installation view, Buchmann Galerie
William Tucker
William Tucker - Charcoal Drawings
Installation view
Buchmann Galerie
William Tucker, ‘William Tucker - Charcoal Drawings’, Installation view, Buchmann Galerie, 2017
William Tucker
William Tucker - Charcoal Drawings
Installation view
Buchmann Galerie
2017

William Tucker
Charcoal Drawings

11 Mar22 Apr 2017
Buchmann Galerie
Press release

 

The Buchmann Gallerie is delighted to present a solo exhibition of drawings by William Tucker (*1935 Cairo).

Not only is William Tucker one of the leading figures of English sculpture after Henry Moore but also a draughtsman whose drawings display an extraordinary subtlety. The large-format charcoal drawings being shown at the Buchmann Galerie were produced between 1989 and 2004 as individual works which accompany the themes of the sculptures which extend the medium of the drawing. 

As of 1985 Tucker began to create works whose titles were borrowed from the mythology of classical antiquity. Changing between figure and pure form they maintain the sensitive moment of the transition from the inert amorphous mass out of which they have been created and move towards recognizable figures.      

The drawings which arose parallel to the sculptural work vigorously examine this intermediate zone oscillating between figuration and abstract gesture. Done in charcoal on paper, a material which allows the most delicate shades of grey as well as velvety blacks, bodies appear in the drawings which seem to be modelled out of lines and surfaces. The paper used for the charcoal drawings is treated by the artist with the same sensibility as the surfaces of his sculptures; the charcoal assumes a resolute presence somewhere between the rough paper’s flatness and depth

"Sculpture is the language of the physical." William Tucker remarked once. This excellent observation can be supplemented in the light of the drawings: the music of physicality rings loud and clear from Tucker’s drawings.  

 

In the 70’s William Tucker belonged to the influential circle of English sculptors, which also included Phillip King and Tim Scott, who were introduced as the ‚New Generation‘ in the exhibition of the same name at the Whitechapel Art Gallery London in 1965. And it was here that decisive impulses for the evolution of abstract sculpture and a broadening of the term sculpture came to the fore. William Tucker took part in the pioneering exhibition for American Minimal Art called Primary Structures at the Jewish Museum in New York. It was at this time that he also became well-known as a theorist, critic and organizer of exhibitions. William Tucker has been living in the USA since 1976.

Recent solo xhibitions of William Tucker’s work were at the Kunstmuseum Winthertur as well as at the Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao. 

 

If you wish to obtain further information on the artist, please do not hesitate to contact the gallery.

 

Pressemitteilung

 

Die Buchmann Galerie freut sich das zeichnerische Werk von William Tucker (*1935 in Kairo) in einer umfangreichen Einzelausstellung zu präsentieren.

William Tucker, einer der führenden Vertreter der englischen Skulptur nach Henry Moore, ist auch als Zeichner von außergewöhnlicher Raffinesse. Die in der Buchmann Galerie gezeigten großformatigen Kohlezeichnungen entstanden zwischen 1989 und 2004 als eigenständige Arbeiten, welche die Themen der  Skulpturen begleiten und mit den Mitteln der Zeichnung erweitern.

Ab 1985 begann Tucker Werke zu schaffen, deren Titel aus der Mythologie der klassischen Antike entlehnt waren. Changierend zwischen Figur und reiner Form, bewahren sie den heiklen Moment des Übergangs von der trägen, amorphen Masse, aus der sie geschaffen sind in sich und bewegen sich hin zur lesbaren Figur. 

Die parallel zum plastischen Werk entstehenden Zeichnungen untersuchen kraftvoll diesen zwischen Figuration und abstrakter Geste oszillierenden Bereich. Ausgeführt in Kohle auf Papier, einem Material das zarteste Grautöne wie samtige Schwärzen zulässt, erscheinen in den Zeichnungen Körper aus modelliert wirkenden Strichen und Flächen. Das Papier der Kohlezeichnungen wird vom Künstler mit der gleichen Sensibilität behandelt wie die Oberflächen der Skulpturen, zwischen Flächigkeit und Tiefe nimmt die Kohle auf dem rauen Papier eine resolute Präsenz ein. 

"Skulptur ist die Sprache des Physischen" bemerkte William Tucker einmal. Dieser treffliche Satz lässt sich im Angesicht der Zeichnungen ergänzen: aus Tuckers Zeichnungen erklingt die Musik der Körperlichkeit. 

 

William Tucker zählte in den 1970er Jahren zu dem einflussreichen Kreis englischer Bildhauer wie Philip King oder Tim Scott, die als ‘New Generation’ in der gleichnamigen Ausstellung in der Whitechapel Art Gallery London 1965 vorgestellt wurden, und entscheidende Impulse für die Entwicklung der abstrakten Skulptur und die Erweiterung des Skulpturenbegriffes setzten. William Tucker nahm 1966 an der für die Amerikanische Minimal Art wegweisende Ausstellung Primary Structures im Jewish Museum in New York teil. In dieser Zeit wurde er auch als Theoretiker, Kritiker und Ausstellungsmacher bekannt. Seit 1976 lebt William Tucker in den USA.

Umfangreiche Werkschauen von William Tucker wurden zuletzt im Kunstmuseum Winthertur sowie im Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao gezeigt.

 

Für weitere Informationen über den Künstler und für Bildmaterial können Sie sich gerne jederzeit mit der Galerie in Verbindung setzen.

William Tucker

Born 1935 in Cairo, Egypt

Lives and works in Massachusetts, USA

Education

1959-1960 Studies at St. Martin’s College of Art and Design, London
1955-1958 Studies at University of Oxford, England

Grants and Awards

2011 Elected as honorary National Academician, National Academy Museum, New York
2010  Lifetime Achievement Award, International Sculpture Center, Hamilton
2009  Jack Goldhill Award for Sculpture, Royal Academy of Arts, London
1995  Rodin-Moore Memorial Prize, Second Fujisankei Biennale Hakone Open-Air Museum, Japan
1991  Sculpture Center Award for Distinction in Sculpture
1980 Guggenheim Fellowship

1968-1970

Gregory Fellowship in Sculpture, University of Leeds

Solo Exhibitions

2018
Böhm Chapel, Hürth, Germany
2017
Danese Corey, New York
Buchmann Galerie
2016
Kunstmuseum Winterthur (cat.)
2015
Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao (cat.)
Buchmann Galerie Berlin
2014
Buchmann Galerie, Agra
Pangolin, London
2013
Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
Waldfrieden Sculpture Park, Wuppertal
2012
Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco
McKee Gallery, New York
The Margulies Collection, Miami
2010
Pangolin Gallery, London
2009
Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco
2008
McKee Gallery, New York
2006
DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln
2005
McKee Gallery, New York
2004
Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco
2002
McKee Gallery, New York
New York Studio School, New York
2001
Tate Gallery, Liverpool
1998
Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen
1988
Storm King Art Centre, New York
1987
Tate Gallery, London

Group Exhibitions

2019
Bunte Steine, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin
2018
Sculptors' Maquettes, Pangolin, Chalford, UK
Black Hole. Art and materiality from Informal to Invisible., GAMeC, Bergamo
2017
Kaleidoscope: Colour and Sequence in 1960s British Art, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Center, Coventry, UK
New installation, Buchmann Galerie Agra / Lugano
Ark, Chester Cathedral, Chester
Objects are closer than they appear, Buchmann Galerie
Kaleidoscope: Colour and Sequence in 1960s British Art , Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP), Wakefield, UK
Rodin, Grand Palais, Paris (cat.)
Color is, Waddington Custot, London
2016
Zeichnung, Buchmann Galerie
Jubilee, Gallery Pangolin, Chalford
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Sculpture at Pilane 2016, Pilane, SE
Boys’ Toys & Girls’ Pearls, galerie bob van orsouw, Zurich
2015
Figure, Buchmann Galerie Berlin
Harmony and Transition, Marta Herford
2013
The Mythic Figure, Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York
2012
More than meets the eye, Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
2011
United Enemies - The Problem of Sculpture in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
2010
Seven British Artists In Milan 1965-1975, Austin/Desmond Fine Art, London
Crucible 2010, Crucible, Gloucester
Personal Identities/Contemporary Portraits, Sonoma University Art Gallery, Rohnert Park
2009
Sette inglesi a Milano, Galleria Milano, Milan
The Big Show 4, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton
After the Pedestal, the 5th Annual of Smaller Sculpture from the Region, The Sculpture Center, Cleveland
2008
New generation revisited: British sculpture from the sixties and seventies, New Art Centre, Salisbury
2007
Apropos, Galerie Claudia Delank, Cologne
Autumn Exhibition 2007, Gallery Pangolin, Chalford
Zeichnungen, Graphik und Objekte von Bildhauern II, Galerie Claudia Delank, Cologne
Summer Group Show, McKee Gallery, New York
Small Bodies, McKee Gallery, New York City
2006
Group Show, McKee Gallery, New York
60. Sixty Years of Sculpture in the Arts Council Collection, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
2005
Body Language, Gallery Pangolin, Chalford
Recent Modernist sculpture, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia
Summer Group Show, McKee Gallery, New York
Stroll on!, Musée d´art moderne et contemporain, Geneva
Private view: forty years on, Rocket, London
2004
The Tom Bendhem Collection, Ben Uri Gallery, The London Jewish Museum of Art, London
2002
Sterling Stuff, Gallery Pangolin, Chalford
Group Show, McKee Gallery, New York
Group Show, McKee Gallery, New York
2001
Garner Tullis, The Art of Collaboration, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson
1999
Egg of Columbus?, Galerie Carla Stützer GmbH & Co.KG, Cologne
British Sculpture, Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Innsbruck
1996
L'œil du collectionneur, Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal
1979
Contemporary Sculpture from Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York
1975
The Condition of Sculpture, Hayward Gallery, London
1972
XXXVI. Venice Biennale
1969
New British Painting and Sculpture, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston
1968
documenta 4, Kassel
1966
Primary Structures: Younger American and British Sculpture, The Jewish Museum of New York, New York
1965
New Generation: Interim, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
1961
II. Biennale de Paris, Biennale de Paris, Paris
Presentazione opere, Buchmann Galerie Agra / Lugano, Agra/Lugano

Selected Collections

Aberdeen Art Gallery, Scotland

Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Arts Council of Great Britain, London

British Council, London

The British Museum, London

City of Bilbao, Spain

Contemporary Art Society, London

Florida International University, Miami, FL

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Tokyo, Japan

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, The Netherlands

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark

The Margulies Collection, Miami

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY

Peter Stuyvesant Foundation, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England

Tate Gallery, London

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN