Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is delighted to present its 2015 programme, featuring highly ambitious indoor and open-air exhibitions alongside displays and interventions in the landscape. Named Art Fund Museum of the Year 2014, YSP continues to support artists at all stages of their careers.
2015 programme highlights include a fresh consideration of Henry Moore, who was born within a few miles of YSP and recognised as one of the most important artists of the 20th century; a cross-venue memorial exhibition to the late Sir Anthony Caro, in partnership with Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle; an exhibition of sculpture made in the 1970s and 1980s from the Arts Council Collection; and an exhibition in the Underground Gallery, Chapel and open air by contemporary American video artist, Bill Viola.
Further highlights include the first exhibition in the UK by siblings Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana in the 18th century chapel and an exhibition by the well-known paper cut artist, Rob Ryan. The visiting artist programme and participatory Bothy Lab continue the vibrant thread of process and visitor involvement that has been at the heart of YSP since its foundation, with artists including Anton Burdakov, whose project Assembly considers the possibilities of the artist studio as an environment for a good life, and Serge Alain-Nitegeka through South African partner organization, NIROX. 2015 also marks the 30th anniversary of the National Arts Education Archive, which is based at YSP, and is celebrated through a special project with Bob and Roberta Smith.
Offsite, YSP presents the work of Ursula von Rydingsvard in Venices Giardino di Marinaressa to coincide with the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia.
The forthcoming 2015 programme will give visitors a rich opportunity to explore the evolution of 20th–21st century British sculpture as we consider the work and legacies of Henry Moore and Anthony Caro. Moore and Caros work is further contextualised by another generation of artists in Arts Council Collection exhibition, Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977–1986, whilst sculptural practice is vastly expanded through the work of the Santillanas, visiting artists Serge Alain-Nitegeka and Bob and Roberta Smith, and the pioneering and visionary, Bill Viola.
Peter Murray CBE, Founder and Executive Director, YSP.
HENRY MOORE: BACK TO A LAND
7 March–6 September 2015
Underground Gallery and open air
Born in Castleford, West Yorkshire, Henry Moore (1898–1986) is one of the most important artists of the 20th century. This major exhibition, in collaboration with The Henry Moore Foundation, takes a fresh approach to Moores work by considering his profound relationship with land, which was fundamental to his practice and fuelled his visual vocabulary. A founding patron of YSP, Moore was committed to showing his work in the open air and in the rolling hills of the former Deer Park in particular.
The exhibition not only explores the artists radical notion of placing sculpture in the landscape – large scale sculptures greet the visitor on arrival at the Park and are displayed against the beautiful and historic vistas of the Bothy Garden – but the importance of earth in Moores creative thinking. Arch Rock, Ice Berg, Rocky Landscape and numerous other drawings, some rarely seen in public, along with a range of sculptures exploring scale and the interplay between internal and external spaces, emphasise the artists constant investigation of land, from the black coal seams of his hometown and the rich geology of Britain, to the mystical ancient forms of Stonehenge. The exhibition also presents an opportunity to explore the man behind the practice with a carefully selected display of personal artifacts, notes, sketches and photographs, curated in collaboration with the artists daughter, Mary Moore.
MAKING IT: SCULPTURE IN BRITAIN 1977–1986
1 April–21 June 2015
The late 1970s and 1980s witnessed the emergence of a younger generation of artists working in the UK who began to receive international attention for practices which, although incredibly diverse, share a revived interest in the sculpted object, in materials, and in ideas around making. Making It is the first exhibition to survey this exciting moment in British sculpture. It shows how approaches to object making were reinvigorated by the breakthroughs in conceptual and performance art made by preceding generations and by sculptural and cultural inspirations from beyond these shores.
Drawn primarily from the holdings of the Arts Council Collection and augmented with major loans from important UK public and private collections, Making Itrepresents the work of over 40 artists including Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Cornelia Parker and Alison Wilding among many others. This substantial exhibition embraces a wide range of sculptural practices, highlighting shared concerns, as well as important differences, between and within established groups.
Making It is an Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition, which launches at Longside Gallery, a space shared with Yorkshire Sculpture Park, before touring to Mead Art Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre in Autumn 2015. The Arts Council Collection is managed by Southbank Centre.
The exhibition has been curated with Dr Jon Wood, Research Curator at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, and we are grateful to the Henry Moore Institute for their research support and for making available the rich resources of the Henry Moore Institute Library. The Henry Moore Institute will host a related conference in 2015.
LAURA DE SANTILLANA AND ALESSANDRO DIAZ DE SANTILLANA
2 May–6 September 2015
Venice-based siblings Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana are internationally renowned artists and descendants of the Venini glassware dynasty, established by Paolo Venini on the island of Murano in 1921. In May 2015, they bring their elegant sculptural forms and colourful glass paintings to YSPs refurbished 18th century chapel in their first ever UK exhibition.
Experimentation, risk-taking and innovation drive the de Santillanas work, fed by widespread travel and collaborations with glassmaking experts across the world. Alessandros inspiration is water, which translates to the incredible treatment of the surface in his works, many of which have a strong, painterly quality. The YSP exhibition includes a series of wall and floor works by the artist with a complex, dark black yet mirrored patina, recalling the sense of looking into deep, reflecting pools.
Crushing the typical blown cylinder, folding it in on itself, is a technique often employed by Laura de Santillana to produce slab-like forms that are, in a sense, envelopes forever sealed by the making process. The artist refers to them as glass books, and they retain a powerful sense of seeming to contain knowledge held in suspension. In the chapel, the artist shows a library of these forms, to which she returns habitually, in specially made bookshelves.
In association with Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Le Stanze del Vetro and Pentagram Stiftung, Venice.
URSULA VON RYDINGSVARD
9 May–22 November 2015
Giardino di Marinaressa, Venice
YSP has identified a unique and exciting opportunity to take six sculptures from our major 2014 exhibition by Ursula von Rydingsvard to Venice to coincide with the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. The outdoor sculptures, in bronze, cedar and polyurethane resin, will be shown in the Giardino di Marinaressa, a public park with stunning views across the water to the island of San Giorgio Maggiore.
Garden designer, Luciano Giubbilei will re-landscape the Giardino di Marinaressa to accommodate the works in a second collaboration with von Rydingsvard – the Laurent-Perrier garden, designed by Giubbilei and featuring a sculpture by von Rydingsvard won the Best Show Garden award at the 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
One of Americas most inventive and individual artists, with work in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, amongst others, von Rydingsvard has evolved a distinctive, highly personal sculptural language that has become synonymous with cedar, the wood that lies at the heart of her practice.
4 July–1 November 2015
Rob Ryan, the highly acclaimed artist known for his intricate paper cuts, returns to YSP in 2015 with an exhibition inspired by Japanese culture, realising a long-held ambition to transfer his work onto fabric. Taking inspiration from his trips to Japan, Ryan will create his own noren (simple fabric signs), which, in Japan, are a vibrant and fresh part of daily life. Alongside this colourful, maze-like installation, Ryan presents his latest paper cuts and works on paper, all of which are available to buy. Ryan has collaborated with Paul Smith, Liberty of London, Tatty Devine and Vogue along with many other established brands.
18 July–1 November 2015
Longside Gallery, YSP Centre, open air
This major exhibition, in partnership with Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, celebrates and commemorates the extraordinary career of Sir Anthony Caro (1924–2013). Caros relationship with Yorkshire was long and productive and included the highly important work with the Henry Moore Sculpture Trust, Halifax, in 1994–5. Here Caro explored the relationship between sculpture and architecture and produced the monumental Halifax Steps (1994), which began a major body of work culminating in Millbank Steps (2004) for Tate Britain. Caro was one of the first artists to support YSP and was a staunch advocate of the regions artistic heritage and growing reputation as a world destination for sculpture.
Coinciding with Henry Moore: Back to a Land, this project is an opportunity for visitors to experience the work of Caro alongside that of his former tutor. Caro was assistant to Moore from 1951–3, a period he acknowledged as being of crucial importance to the development of his practice. The exhibition, in YSP Centre, Longside Gallery and the open air, includes figurative studies – some annotated by Moore, sculpture models, bronze portraits, galvanised steel and Perspex works, and a selection of Last Sculptures, created shortly before the artists death.
In 1991, Caro wrote, Painters, sculptors and architects are at the root of the visual business together, explicitly stating his interdisciplinary approach to sculpture which has been evident within his work since the 1960s. Distinct yet complementary exhibitions at The Hepworth Wakefield and YSP consider respectively Caros parallel concerns with architectural principles and painting.
BOB AND ROBERTA SMITH
5 September 2015–3 January 2016
NAEA and Garden Gallery
Visiting artist Bob and Roberta Smith, responds to YSPs National Arts Education Archive in a new project celebrating the archives 30th anniversary. Smith considers art to be an important element in democratic life, his work often taking the form of painted signs. Visitors can experience the open-air work, Art Makes Children Powerful (2013), which calls for activism and consciousness against the political establishment and is given new meaning at YSP.
First established at Bretton Hall College in 1985, the National Art Education Archive is a unique asset comprising key collections relating to developments in art education from the 19th century onwards. There are over 100 catalogued collections in the NAEA, the core collections reflecting Child Art and Basic Design, fundamentally opposing viewpoints of art education in the UK in the post-war years.
Underground Gallery, Chapel and open air
Developed in close collaboration with Bill Viola and Kira Perov, YSP presents a major exhibition by the internationally renowned American video and installation artist Bill Viola. The immersive exhibition in YSPs Chapel and Underground Gallery features work from across Violas career. Considering the universal themes of life, death, love and spirituality, Viola examines facets of the human condition, holding a starkly intimate mirror to our strength, our fragility, and the impulses and inevitabilities that unite us, giving tangible visual form to abstract psychological and metaphysical experiences.
The Underground Gallery is reconfigured to create a controlled experience where visitors pass from room to room to experience both intimate and dramatic works. Reflecting Yorkshire Sculpture Parks audience, the works echo changing concerns across generations so that in this space people can find and share common experience. Inside the 18th century chapel, visitors see The Tristan Project – Fire Woman and Tristans Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall) (2005), drawing on the ancient story of lovers gripped by a passion that is blind to duty, honour and social obligation and which can only be consummated beyond the grave. In these two works, water and fire come together in a purifying and transformative conflagration. Within the Chapel grounds, Viola shows a film work outdoors for the first time. The artist has reconfigured his birthing film, Sanctuary (1989), an extraordinarily raw work, which accrues even greater depth and resonance in the context of the Chapel and its fertile garden.
The walk from the Chapel, across the Country Park, towards and through the linear Underground Gallery, emphasises the act of journeying and discovery. In addition, the physical nature of YSP enables us to draw out the importance of the natural world in Violas work. The exhibition is designed to be a sensory experience with space to pause and make time to reflect, so enabling an emotional or even transformational engagement.
JONNY HANNAH: MAIN STREET
14 November 2015–28 February 2016
In 2015, Jonny Hannah brings his vibrant and witty linocuts, screen prints, and works on wood to YSP for a major exhibition, inspired by the artists parents hometown of Kirkconnell. Born in Dunfermline, Hannah studied illustration at Liverpool Art School and the Royal College of Art. Since graduation in 1998, Hannah has been working both as a commercial designer and illustrator for clients including The Daily Telegraph, The New York Times and English National Opera, and as a printmaker, creating wonderful screen printed books, posters and prints for his own Cakes & Ale Press.