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Artist Talk: Dore Ashton + Bill Tucker

Saturday, Apr 16, 2011

Benenson Center


Dore Ashton (b. 1929 - d. 2017) was an eminent writer and critic of contemporary art. She is the author of numerous books on art and culture, including A Fable of Modern Art, which she considers to be her best work, and The New York School: A Cultural Reckoning. She has written many monographs on individual artists including Philip Guston, Mark Rothko, and Isamu Noguchi. She is Professor of Art History at the Cooper Union, New York, and Visiting Professor of Art History at Yale University. Ashton met William Tucker early in his career, when she visited his studio in London, and has written about his work over the course of his career and their long friendship.

William Tucker (b. 1935) is a distinguished sculptor who works in a wide variety of materials, from steel and recycled wood, to cast pieces in bronze, plaster and concrete. Asked to describe his work, Ashton commented that Tucker has found “original ways to extend the great modern tradition in sculpture.” Born in Cairo in 1935, Tucker moved to London as a young child. He attended the University of Oxford from 1955 to 1958 and continued postgraduate study at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, where Anthony Caro was teaching.

His work came to public prominence in 1965 when it was exhibited in The New Generation exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London. The following year he exhibited alongside Caro in the important 1966 exhibition, Primary Structures, at the Jewish Museum in New York. Tucker was Gregory Fellow at the Fine Arts Department of the University of Leeds for two years from 1968 to 1970, and represented Britain at the 1972 Venice Biennale. In 1978 Tucker moved to New York, where he taught at Columbia University and the New York Studio School. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1981, the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1986, and in 2010, the International Sculpture Center’s award for Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture. Tucker’s work has been exhibited in The Fields Sculpture Park.

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