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Inventing Humour in Sculpture

The Royal Academy of Arts describes Bill Woodrow as an artist who 'helped redefine public perceptions of sculpture' during the 1970s. Woodrow began his career straight after leaving St Martin's School of Art, and in an interview with RA, he explains how at the time 'the mainstream of sculpture was quite formalistic', but younger artists were beginning to break away from this style. Woodrow was one of them.

You can see how he influenced the future of contemporary sculpture in a new exhibition at Burlington Gardens. It features work spanning the last four decades, and includes some of his most recent projects.

As you walk round the gallery, you will find that the recurring theme in his sculptures is not the subject matter, but rather the materials he uses. Woodrow works with found objects, which he recycles from scrap heaps. These create witty and inventive pieces such as a rubble telephone that looks like something out of The Flintstones.

Tickets to the exhibit are 9 for adults, with varying concessionary discounts. On the 22nd November there will be a Friday late night special curated by the students from University of the Arts London. Found at the RA will start at 6.30pm and include a viewing of curiosities and interactive installations. It is free to attend, requires no booking, and will feature live DJs and workshops to participate in.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 14th Feb
Phone: 020 7300 8000
Where: Royal Academy of Arts
Cost: 9 adult, 8 senior, 4 child, free for under 12s
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