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Untitled 1989

Bruce McLean (b.1944)

British Library

Scottish *Performance artist and painter, born in Glasgow. He studied at *Glasgow School of Art, then at *St Martin's School of Art from 1963 to 1966, the time when the influence of Anthony *Caro's abstract sculpture was dominant. He said of the experience: ‘The St Martin's sculpture forum would avoid every broader issue, discussing the position of one piece of metal in relation to another for hours. Twelve adult men with pipes would walk around for hours and mumble.’ McClean's response to this was to make work that emphasized the style and behaviour around art as much as the art object. This sometimes took the form of making a kind of abstract sculpture but doing it from materials or in a context which were remote and unexpected. Sculpture might be made in the outdoors of ice or mud.

Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)

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