Bill Woodrow

Graham Beal

The next meeting of the Society for Contemporary Art will be the third in a series of four meetings devoted to the work of young artists from which we will make a selection at the Annual Meeting in May as a gift to The Art Institute. This meeting will feature the work of the British sculptor, Bill Woodrow. Woodrow was born in 1948 and educated at the Winchester School of Art, St. Martins School of Art, and the Chelsea School of Art in London. His first one person show was in 1972 and in 1978 he began to utilize found objects as the material for his sculptures. He used household appliances embodied in plaster or concrete and later “demanufactured” them. Appliances were disassembled and the constituent parts spread out on the floor. In the early 1980’s he began a new body of work in which non-functioning objects were fashioned from other, usually larger, and formerly functional objects. The first of these was a bicycle cut from the metal skin of a spin dryer. Increasingly complex “still life: assemblages have resulted. The works comment satirically or ironically on contemporary life or culture. Mr. Beal was born in England in 1947. Before assuming his present position, he was Director of The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England. From 1977-83, he was Curator and the Chief Curator of The Walker Art Center and before that, he was Director of The Steinberg Gallery of Art, Washington University, at St. Louis. In addition to the recent exhibition of British Sculpture, Mr. Beal has organized shows involving the work of Alberto Giacometti, Jim Dine, Deborah Butterfield, Wayne Thiebaud, George Segal, and others.