About this Event
Garth Evans, a highly regarded sculptor and founder of Sculpture Forum, will be joined by Eric Gibson, The Wall Street Journal’s Arts in Review editor and critic; sculptor and writer William Tucker; and Karen Wilkin, curator, critic, and NYSS faculty member, on a panel discussion examining one of Matisse’s earliest sculptures. The Serf (1900-1903) consumed the artist, reportedly taking up to 500 sessions with his model and three years to complete. Since Matisse is primarily known for his painting and collages, his sculptural practice remains an understudied aspect of his career. This panel will discuss Matisse’s obsessive reworking of the piece, as well as the formal qualities of the work.
A central figure in the narrative of British sculpture, Garth Evans has presented work in over one hundred solo and group exhibitions, including the survey exhibition Garth Evans at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2013), which coincided with the publication of Garth Evans: Sculpture Beneath the Skin. Evans has received numerous awards and residencies including a Fellowship with the British Steel Corporation (1969-71) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (1986). His work is represented in major public and private collections, including Tate Britain, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the British Museum. In 2018, Evans began Sculpture Forum (www.sculptureforum.net), a project that promotes the discussion of sculpture amongst sculptors, and with educators, critics and other artists.
Eric Gibson is the Arts in Review editor of The Wall Street Journal and one of the paper’s art critics, in which capacity he has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism. He is the author of The Necessity of Sculpture: Selected Essays & Criticism, 1985-2019. He wrote on Matisse’s “Backs” for the December 2021 issue of the New Criterion.
William Tucker is a sculptor and a writer on sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum. It can also be seen in public spaces in Scotland, England, South Korea, Spain, Argentina, and the United States. His most recent exhibition Portraits and Masks was held at the Buchmann Gallery, Berlin, in 2022. A collection of his writings will be published in 2024.
Karen Wilkin is a curator and critic who has organized exhibitions internationally and written extensively on David Smith, Anthony Caro, Isaac Witkin, John Gibbons, Vincent Barré, and Tim Scott, among other sculptors, and written about Henri Matisse’s use of sculpture in his paintings. A regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, The New Criterion, and the Hudson Review, she teaches in the New York Studio School’s MFA program.
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Event Venue & Nearby Stays
New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, 8 West 8th Street, New York, United States