It wasn’t until I came face-to-face with the massive pendular penis of Jacob Epstein’s Adam that I realised the intent of “Modern British Sculpture” is to shock; not to educate. A series of obvious juxtapositions shove the questions and controversies of sculpture in the viewer’s face. One room parallels modern abstract figurations with their primitive counterparts on loan from the British Museum; another challenges the temporal permanence of sculpture by flaunting decay, as in the rotting cow head in Damien Hirst’s Let’s Eat Outdoors Today. As a beginner’s introduction the exhibit succeeds and excites, but as survey of modern British sculpture it fails.

Exhibition runs until 7th April 2011

Admission Price: £12/£8

2 Stars

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