Magazine article The Spectator

Culture Notes: Sculpture in the Home

Magazine article The Spectator

Culture Notes: Sculpture in the Home

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Credit: Sarah Drury

Our love affair with the 1950s has been going on for years and shows no sign of abating. Pangolin London, the city arm of the Gloucestershire foundry, has cleverly used the visceral appeal of Fifties design -- if ever a period merited the term gay in its original sense, this one does -- to show how sculpture can be incorporated into a domestic setting (until 17 May).

All too often works of sculpture, whatever their size, are put on pedestals or instinctively relegated outdoors or to public spaces. Sculpture in the Home , inspired by a series of promotional touring shows staged by the Arts Council between 1946 and 1958, closely but not slavishly recreates a series of room settings in which small-scale pieces by Lynn Chadwick, Geoffrey Clarke, Kenneth Armitage and others from that golden age of British sculpture take their place without a flicker of conflict alongside Sanderson fabrics, Race furniture and Mourne rugs. …

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