Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Armitage Shanks

Kenneth Armitage (1916-2002) was a British semi-abstract sculptor whose sense of humour enlivened his work in the 1950s and 60s, but this eventually prevented him from being able to let go of realism and his later works have a naff Pop quality that for me is far less successful.

These earlier works embody a playfulness that is just the right side of kitsch.
Linked Figures, 1949

Family going for a Walk, 1951

Children playing, 1953

Diarchy, 1957

Big Doll, 1969

Mouton Sun, 1959-63

Wall and Panderus, 1965

Slab Figure, 1961

The Sentinels, 1955-6

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