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Modern British Sculpture at the Royal Academy of Arts, featuring work by Damien Hirst and others.

January 21, 2011 by Georgia

Until 7 April 2011

The Royal Academy of Arts is presenting a new exhibition, examining the development of British sculpture in the twentieth century. The show explores what is meant by the terms British and sculpture by bringing the two together in a chronological series of strongly themed galleries, each making its own visual argument.

Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates (c)
Damien Hirst and Hirst Holdings Ltd, DACS 2011

On show by Damien Hirst is Let's Eat Outdoors Today (1990 - 1991), one of the first works he made after graduating from Goldsmiths. The work consists of two adjoining glass containers, one displaying a common plastic garden set with a table and four chairs, the other containing a steel barbecue with a tray full of maggots, hatching into flies.

The work addresses juxtapositions of mortality/immortality and cleanliness/filth with reference to English class values. Hirst once said about the work: ‘I wanted the piece to be an outside that everyone recognised like anyone’s back yard but I wanted the piece to be frightening in a way like it threatened the inside of your body.’

Other key British works in the exhibition include: Alfred Gilbert's Queen Victoria, Phillip King's Genghis Khan, Jacob Epstein's Adam, Barbara Hepworth's Single Form, Leon Underwood's Totem to the Artist, Henry Moore's Festival Figure, Anthony Caro's Early One Morning, Richard Long's Chalk Line and Julian Opie's W.

For more information about tickets and opening times, please visit the website of the Royal Academy of Arts.