British artist Nicholas Pope’s (b. 1949) vivid, energetic drawings have informed his sculpture throughout his career. Variations on circles and holes in graphite and charcoal in the 1970s and 1980s were followed by more complex and vibrant arrangements of color in India ink, paint and biro in the early 1990s. The new hardcover catalog following his survey from Ridinghouse features over 90 drawings culled from the past 40 years, an essay by art historian James Hamilton and an exchange between the artist and curator Jon Wood focusing on Pope’s deployment of color and the relationship of his drawings to his sculpture. Pope’s large-scale wood, metal, stone and lead sculptures gradually became more abstract and malleable as he shifted to glass, porcelain, molded aluminum and ceramics in the mid-1990s. Representative of Britain at the Venice Biennale (1980), Pope’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Tate Modern, the Stedlijk and others.
128 pp / 100 b&w and color
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