Magazine article The Spectator

Culture Notes: The Human Factor at the Hayward

Magazine article The Spectator

Culture Notes: The Human Factor at the Hayward

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Jeff Koons's 'Bear and Policeman' has been used to advertise the Hayward Gallery's latest show The Human Factor (until 7 September). But don't be fooled; this exploration of the human figure is neither cute nor cuddly. It includes photos of rotting corpses, mannequins made from animal guts and live bees. It's more creepy than kitsch.

The show sets out to survey how artists over the past 25 years have reinvented figurative sculpture. Within the concrete rooms, the curators have installed a mix of diverse pieces. The effect is part morgue, part Madame Tussauds. It works well when sculptures are given ample space: Cathy Wilkes's installation of three grief-stricken figures has been given an entire room, as has Maurizio Cattelan's 'Him' -- a praying boy with Hitler's face. …

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