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Form & Fortune: fifty years of British Sculpture 1969-2018 Mary Yule Thursday 04 April 2019

This new lecture marks the 50th anniversary of NADFAS by highlighting the astonishing developments in British sculpture over the same half-century. In1968 Henry Moore was the public face of British art yet 50 years later sculpture seems to have reached the point where almost ‘anything goes’. The lecture describes how the supremacy of Moore was eclipsed by the ‘New Generation’ sculptors of the 60s who removed sculpture from the plinth, ‘New British Sculpture’ in the 80s and 90s, much influenced by consumer culture, and more recently the YBAs (Young British Artists) who introduced the public not only to pickled sheep and unmade beds, but to the idea of the artist as media celebrity. It also considers the key role played by art schools, galleries, dealers and collectors in promoting British sculpture.  World renowned today, British sculpture continues to go from strength to strength - just like NADFAS! 

 Mary Yule studied art history at Birkbeck College and the Courtauld Institute of Art (MA in 20th Century British Art). Assistant Director and Director of Grants at the Art Fund until 2006.  Has lectured for the Art Fund and Kingston University, and also at the National Gallery, the Wallace Collection, and Museums Association conferences and study days.  Publications include; A Place for Living Art: The Whitechapel Art Gallery 1952-68 in Artists and Patrons in Post-War Britain (2001) and articles in Art Fund and museum publications.