Published to accompany the display at Whitechapel Gallery (23 September 2014 – 22 February 2015), this essay examines the stories behind some of London’s most radical public sculptures, drawing on the Henry Moore Institute’s rich Archive of Sculptors’ Papers, a collection developed in a unique partnership between the Institute and Leeds Museums and Galleries.
Case studies discussed are Jacob Epstein’s sculptures for the British Medical Association building, which became a battleground for modernism and are the subject of contemporary artist Neal White’s work from 2004, The Third Campaign; Alfred Hardiman’s equestrian monument to Earl Haig; Laurence Bradshaw’s Karl Marx Memorial; correspondence and fabric samples for Rose Finn-Kelcey’s flag project Power for the People. Two unrealised projects also feature, Oscar Nemon’s Temple of Universal Ethics and Paul Neagu’s Starhead.
First published in 1994, Essays on Sculpture form a collection of writings on sculpture, usually embodying a personal – even political – point of view. Some accompany exhibitions, and they also respond to Henry Moore Institute Research Fellowships and the Leeds Sculpture Collections.