Hayward Gallery
exhibition

The Human Factor: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture

The Human Factor: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture, 17 June – Sunday 7 September 2014, Hayward Gallery. Spanning the past 25 years, The Human Factor focused on artists who use the figure as a means for exploring far-ranging concerns. Compelling and thought-provoking, their work brought into play ideas about history, voyeurism, sexuality and violence, while reflecting on how we represent the ‘human’ today.

Inventively remixing past and present, the artists in The Human Factor pointedly revisited classical traditions of sculpture, while drawing on representations of the human body in contemporary popular culture.

Highlighting remarkably varied approaches, the exhibition featured super-realistic portraits as well as sculptures that changed over time and others that evinced an uncannily indeterminate presence, hovering ghostlike between object and image. Yet whether overtly theatrical or quietly intimate, all of the works in this exhibition encouraged visitors to change the way we think about and perceive art’s oldest subject: the human form.

Artists included: Pawel Althamer, Frank Benson, Huma Bhabha, Maurizio Cattelan, Urs Fischer, Katharina Fritsch, Ryan Gander, Isa Genzken, Rachel Harrison, Georg Herold, Thomas Hirschhorn, Martin Honert, Pierre Huyghe, Jeff Koons, Paul McCarthy, John Miller, Cady Noland, Ugo Rondinone, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Thomas Schütte, Paloma Varga Weisz, Mark Wallinger, Rebecca Warren, Andro Wekua and Cathy Wilkes. 

The exhibition was accompanied by a richly illustrated publication that included rare production images from the artists’ studios and newly commissioned essays by Penelope Curtis, Martin Herbert, Lisa Lee, James Lingwood and Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff.

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Spanning the past 25 years, The Human Factor focused on artists who use the figure as a means for exploring far-ranging concerns. Compelling and thought-provoking, their work brought into play ideas about history, voyeurism, sexuality and violence, while reflecting on how we represent the ‘human’ today.

Inventively remixing past and present, the artists in The Human Factor pointedly revisited classical traditions of sculpture, while drawing on representations of the human body in contemporary popular culture.

Highlighting remarkably varied approaches, the exhibition featured super-realistic portraits as well as sculptures that changed over time and others that evinced an uncannily indeterminate presence, hovering ghostlike between object and image. Yet whether overtly theatrical or quietly intimate, all of the works in this exhibition encouraged visitors to change the way we think about and perceive art’s oldest subject: the human form.

Artists included: Pawel Althamer, Frank Benson, Huma Bhabha, Maurizio Cattelan, Urs Fischer, Katharina Fritsch, Ryan Gander, Isa Genzken, Rachel Harrison, Georg Herold, Thomas Hirschhorn, Martin Honert, Pierre Huyghe, Jeff Koons, Paul McCarthy, John Miller, Cady Noland, Ugo Rondinone, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Thomas Schütte, Paloma Varga Weisz, Mark Wallinger, Rebecca Warren, Andro Wekua and Cathy Wilkes. 

The exhibition was accompanied by a richly illustrated publication that included rare production images from the artists’ studios and newly commissioned essays by Penelope Curtis, Martin Herbert, Lisa Lee, James Lingwood and Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff.

The Human Factor: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture

A fully illustrated catalogue featuring rare images of the artists’ studios and illuminating essays. 

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