new-york

Bill Woodrow

Barbara Gladstone Gallery

An important feature of recent British art has been the emergence of a group of young object sculptors. Although widely disparate in temperament and production, these artists are aligned, in general, by an attempt to reincorporate the object (and with it, representation), and by an urge to evoke the character of urban culture through cast-off industrial forms. In this, they are distanced both from such nature-oriented practices as that of Richard Long and from the “constructive” tradition epitomized by Anthony Caro. To date, only Tony Cragg has exhibited much in New York; September witnessed a shift, with one-person shows by Bill Woodrow and Jean-Luc Vilmouth.

Although both employ found forms arranged in ironic compositions, these two sculptors display different, even antithetical approaches to the industrial object. Woodrow’s temperament is that of the street-dweller, or urban flaneur,

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