A new exhibition at The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds, celebrates the work of Kenneth Armitage, one of the most important British sculptors of the post-war period. The exhibition marks the homecoming of work by the artist who was born in Roundhay in 1916 and studied at Leeds College of Art.
“Armitage was born in this city and was a Gregory Fellow at the University of Leeds, so this is a fitting homecoming for an artist whose work was appreciated by an international audience”, said Dr Stella Butler, University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection.
The exhibition draws on key items from the post-war period, focusing on work from the 1950s. In the years following the Second World War young sculptors, such as Armitage, emerged with ideas that took them beyond the legacies of their predecessors, such as Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore.
“The sculptures Armitage made during the 1950s rapidly established him as an artist of note internationally”, said Ann Elliott, Exhibition Curator. “Throughout his career he returned time and again to making linked, single figures and screens; hands, arms and legs made in isolation that tell of humanity’s wide and varied attitudes.”
The Tetley is joining The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery in celebrating Kenneth Armitage’s homecoming, by exhibiting ‘Redefining: Jessie Flood-Paddock and Kenneth Armitage’ from 6th May – 30th July. Armitage’s public art piece Both Arms (2000) has been on permanent display in Millennium Square since 2001, and is joined by further works around the city Legs Walking (2001) and Reach for the Stars (2001).
‘Kenneth Armitage: Sculpture and drawing of the 1950s’ is guest curated by Ann Elliott, supported by the Kenneth Armitage Foundation, and includes loans from Royal Academy of Arts, London; Leeds Museums and Galleries; Jonathan Clark Fine Art; British Council; Tate; The Whitworth; Ingram Collection; Arts Council Collection and Victoria Art Gallery.
‘Kenneth Armitage: Sculpture and Drawing of the 1950s’ will be open Monday, 1pm – 5pm, Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm. Admission is free, and the exhibition runs until Saturday 15th July 2017.