Part of Yorkshire Sculpture International, this new sculpture display features eight recently acquired works exhibited for the first time. Woodwork: A Family Tree of Sculpture responds to Phyllida Barlow’s provocation that ‘sculpture is the most anthropological of the art forms’ by considering wood as the most anthropological of materials.
The use of wood crosses cultures and time like no other material, and sculptors value wood for its ability to take form through the use of tools, while remaining durable and portable.
As a natural material with many variations in species and surface treatments, wood also plays an active role in the production of an object, inviting the maker into correspondence with its unique properties. Taken from Leeds Museums and Galleries world cultures and sculpture collections, this display brings together objects from Africa, Britain, China, India, Myanmar and New Zealand from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.