Installation shots of Nobuko Tsuchiya at Leeds Art Gallery for Yorkshire Sculpture International. Courtesy Leeds Art Gallery. Photography Simon Warner

Yorkshire Sculpture International

Leeds Art Gallery

At Leeds Art Gallery a series of solo shows and new commissions explored the breadth of contemporary sculpture-making, including the first solo exhibition in the UK by Nobuko Tsuchiya (b.1972, Japan). Tsuchiya uses a variety of media to create imaginative sculptures that evoke an arresting narrative quality. She begins by collecting materials she is intuitively attracted to and combining them into polymer-like structures which are then cast. As part of the exhibition, Tsuchiya used the gallery as a studio to assemble the final works.

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Ayşe Erkmen made one of the major Yorkshire Sculpture International commissions, three of four, an installation in the Central Court, responding to the architecture of the building. This work will remain on display until September 2020.

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Rachel Harrison (b. 1966, New York) exhibited a group of works that relate to the body. Harrison’s work draws from a wide range of influences, combining art historical and pop cultural references through a diverse assemblage of materials.

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Joanna Piotrowska (b. 1985, Poland) took over one of the galleries, carpeting the floor and installing a series of composed black and white photographs which explore notions of the human body and social structures. Piotrowska’s work examines the complex power dynamics and psychological effects of human relationships.

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Also at Leeds Art Gallery, Damien Hirst’s Black Sheep with Golden Horns (2009) is on display in the historic Arnold and Marjorie Ziff Gallery. Part of Hirst’s iconic formaldehyde series, the work features a black sheep with golden horns, positioned within a steel-framed vitrine. This sculpture will be at the centre of the Ziff gallery display, in dialogue with the historic painting collection which covers the years 1888 to 1900. Black Sheep with Golden Horns remains on display until June 2020.

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