New York

Richard Wentworth

Wolff Gallery

André Breton’s Surrealist “object lessons” did not go unlearned. The British sculptor Richard Wentworth, like certain other contemporary sculptors (such as Edward Allington, Antony Gormley, Eric Bainbridge, Jennifer Bolande, and Saint Clair Cemin), has learned them well. Working with found objects, altered objects, antiquated objects, or forms that look too much like familiar objects to be truly nonobjective, these sculptors create a simultaneity of appearance-linked familiarity and abstract estrangement.

The found and fabricated objects that Wentworth uses to compose his sculptures are reminiscent of the unglamorous materials used in arte povera. Galvanized steel basins, old metal garbage cans, light bulbs, mirrors, and concrete combine and recombine promiscuously in his work. Transformed into art, these utilitarian objects and materials lose not only their specific uses but their familiarity

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