William Tucker

British, b. 1935

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William Tucker

British, b. 1935

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Working primarily with bronze, William Tucker creates massive organic sculptures. Tucker’s works stand alone as unique forms, but can also evoke the work of figurative artists like Rodin or Brâncuși, though more contemporary and abstracted. The Egyptian-born, United Kingdom–raised artist studied under the great sculptor Anthony Caro at Saint Martin’s School of Art at the end of the 1950s. There, Tucker became part of a group of artists who made sculptures from industrial materials that were placed directly on the floor, breaking with the medium’s tradition of using pedestals and referencing the human form. This group exhibited their works in a pivotal 1965 show at Whitechapel Gallery, titled “New Generation.” Later in his career, Tucker eventually returned to using bronze and employing pedestals for several pieces, but doing so with an entirely fresh approach. In 2010, Tucker received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center.

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Biography

Working primarily with bronze, William Tucker creates massive organic sculptures. Tucker’s works stand alone as unique forms, but can also evoke the work of figurative artists like Rodin or Brâncuși, though more contemporary and abstracted. The Egyptian-born, United Kingdom–raised artist studied under the great sculptor Anthony Caro at Saint Martin’s School of Art at the end of the 1950s. There, Tucker became part of a group of artists who made sculptures from industrial materials that were placed directly on the floor, breaking with the medium’s tradition of using pedestals and referencing the human form. This group exhibited their works in a pivotal 1965 show at Whitechapel Gallery, titled “New Generation.” Later in his career, Tucker eventually returned to using bronze and employing pedestals for several pieces, but doing so with an entirely fresh approach. In 2010, Tucker received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Serpentine Galleries
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
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