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New library acquisitions: Spring 2024

Cover of the books 'Matt Rugg: The Many Languages of Sculpture' and 'All in the Same Boat: Migratory Passages in Contemporary Sculpture' side by side.

This season’s new library acquisitions includes catalogues of some of the many exhibitions supported by the Foundation’s grants programme and loans from the Leeds Sculpture Collections.

We are delighted to receive several catalogues on the British sculptor and influential teacher Matt Rugg (1935-2020). Information on the artist is hard to find, so the publication Matt Rugg: The Many Languages of Sculpture is a welcome addition to the library. The book accompanied the retrospective exhibition Connecting Forms held at Newcastle University’s Hatton Gallery earlier this year, and includes an essay on the Basic Course at Newcastle, an innovative teaching practice which Rugg was closely involved with as a student and teacher.

Conversations around art, race, identity and Modernism are at the centre of the exhibition The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism, currently on show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The sculpture L’Homme, 1937 by Jamaican-born sculptor Ronald Moody (1900-1984), owned by Leeds Museums and Galleries, features in the exhibition and the catalogue includes a new text on the artist by Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski. Ego is currently writing a PhD on Ronald Moody and is the guest curator for the forthcoming exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield.

Following grant support the library also received When Forms Come Alive: Sixty Years of Restless Sculpture, from the Southbank Centre, London. The exhibition at the Hayward Gallery looks at contemporary sculpture, movement and organic growth and features several artists we have worked with at the Institute, including Senga Nengudi (b.1943) and Phyllida Barlow (1944-2023). The catalogue includes the essay Going with the Flow: Ways of Bringing Sculpture to Life by independent curator and PhD researcher Natalie Rudd. We are delighted that Natalie was able to do much of the research for the essay in the library at the Henry Moore Institute.

Full list of acquisitions

Click the links below to see all the new books we’ve added to the Sculpture Research Library.







New publication

All in the Same Boat: Migratory Passages in Contemporary Sculpture

A growing body of recent international art focuses on boats, as unstable vessels and perilous objects. These works flow into a ‘migratory turn’ in contemporary art, joining a flood of artworks that evoke mass human migration as both subject matter and approach.

In this issue, Dr Heather Diack analyses artworks that challenge geopolitical disparities in the present, and artist Issam Kourbaj discusses the motif of the boat in his recent work.

Product details:
36 pages
230 x 170mm

Buy All in the Same Boat: Migratory Passages in Contemporary Sculpture (No. 82)

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