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Soft sculpture

open 24 April – 12 July 2009

Soft sculpture looks at the ways artists use unconventional materials to challenge the nature of sculpture. Visitors will see works made from cloth, rope, paper, hair, leather, rubber or vinyl. The objects may droop, ooze or splash. They are fluffy, squishy or bent. They surround, suffocate and astonish and, in many cases, make us laugh.

The exhibition features treasures from the national collection, complemented by some loans. It includes sculptures and installations by Eva Hesse, Robert Morris, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Joseph Beuys and Annette Messager, and works by Australian artists such as Mikala Dwyer, David Jensz and Ricky Swallow.

Read more in the essay by

Lucina Ward
Curator, International Painting and Sculpture
First published in Artonview issue 56, Summer 2008-09
Download here (8mb, pdf)