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New British Sculpture

Anish Kapoor, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes 2007

New British Sculpture is the name given to the work of a group of artists, sculptors and installation artists who began to exhibit together in London, England, in the early 1980s. Important members are Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Barry Flanagan, Anish Kapoor, Julian Opie and Richard Wentworth.

Tim Woods has characterized the movement by identifying four major themes:

  • - a synthesis of pop and kitsch
  • - a bricolage (assemblage) of the decaying UK urban environment and the waste of consumer society
  • - an exploration of the way in which objects are assigned meanings,
  • - a play of colour, wit and humour.

An early champion was art dealer Nicholas Logsdail who exhibited many of the artists at his Lisson Gallery.


Edward Allington, Stephen Cox, Grenville Davey, Richard Deacon, Barry Flanagan, Anthony Gormley, Shirazeh Houshiary, Anish Kapoor, Julian Opie, Boyd Webb, Richard Wentworth, Rachel Whiteread, Alison Wilding and Bill Woodrow.

Tony Cragg, sculpture
Sculpture by Barry Flanagan in Knokke Heist (Belgium)