17th June – 7th September 2014
Opening today The Human Factor will bring together major works by 25 leading international artists who have fashioned new ways of using the figure in contemporary sculpture over the past 25 years.
Artists Include: Pawel Althamer, Frank Benson, Huma Bhabha, Katharina Fritsch, Ryan Gander, Rachel Harrison, Georg Herold, Thomas Hirschhorn, Jeff Koons, Paul McCarthy, John Miller, Cady Noland, Ugo Rondinone, Yinka Shonibare, Thomas Schütte, Paloma Varga Weisz, Rebecca Warren, Andro Wekua and Cathy Wilkes.
The Human Factor, the first show of its kind on this scale, focuses on sculpture that explores a variety of social, political, cultural and historical concerns and incorporates diverse references ranging from science fiction to war monuments, from popular photography to art history.
Encompassing a wide array of recent practices from hyper-realistic sculptures to near-abstract assemblages, The Human Factor focuses on works that relate to a human scale. Mirroring the viewer’s own physical presence, these sculpted figures engage visitors in a kind of theatrical confrontation in the gallery. Whether they function as a surrogate for the spectator or as a fellow actor sharing the same stage, they create encounters that can be at once playful, thought-provoking and unsettling.
The exhibition is curated by Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff.