Henry Moore Institute Visiting Research Fellowships 2009/10

'The Array of Rain'

A fellowship project by Michael Dean

Senior research Fellowships

Dario Gamboni (University of Geneva)

Paul Gauguin, Sculpture and Ambiguity

Dario Gamboni will be taking sabbatical leave in 2010-11 to write the manuscript for a book-length study of Gauguin. This project is part of a broader research on Gauguin’s use of visual ambiguity and aims at examining the specific ways in which the artist’s interest in the temporal, subjective quality of perception informed his sculptural works and, conversely, what sculpture contributed to what he called a search ‘at the mysterious centre of thought’. This monographic study of Gauguin’s three-dimensional work would like to contribute to an exploration of the specific contribution of the sculptural medium to the artistic use of ambiguity, especially around 1900 but not exclusively during this period.


Dorothea Dietrich (Corcoran College of Art & Design)

Kurt Schwitters’ Merz Barn: a Documentation and Analysis of the Sculptural Development and Critical Legacy of Schwitters’ Merzbauten

Dorothea Dietrich will work on the late sculptural/architectural work of Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948). The focus of her study is Schwitters’ Merzbarn in Elterwater and the surviving wall work, now at the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle, to begin a critical assessment of its hybrid form as assemblage and architecture at the intersection of the organic and conceptual, and to explore its sculptural legacy in England.


Research Fellowships

Michael Dean (Artist, London)

Typographical Memorials to Moments of Intensity and Attraction

To identify personal and national mechanisms of remembrance and concurrent to this vocabulary of memorial and monument in British Sculpture, to develop a new body of work which sculpturally delivers writings I have composed in order to memorialise moments of intensity and attraction.


Simon Ford (Independent Academic/Art Historian)

'Sculpture in a Purely Abstract Form': William Staite Murray and Modern British Sculpture

The objective of my research is to examine the work of the studio potter William Staite Murray, and document, contextualize and interpret his many connections with the sculptors of his day. The aim is to demonstrate that pottery played a key role in inter-war debates about modern and abstract British sculpture.


Jeffrey Jones (Cardiff School of Art and Design)

The Relationship of Sculpture to Pottery in British Art from the Early Twentieth Century to the Present Day

At certain periods the interests of sculptors and potters in Britain have either overlapped or come into particularly sharp focus. My research will use case studies to track and interpret these relationships in order to provide an historical context in which the work of contemporary practitioners can be better understood and appreciated.


Additional Research Projects:

Dr Alexandrina Buchanan (University of Liverpool) will develop her research into the relationships between art, archives and exhibitions. She will investigate how archival objects are chosen and used within the forthcoming HMI exhibition, The Developing Process: The sculptor’s education in drawings and photography, the nature of the archival trace created by the exhibition and how the archive is or could be used to inform future practice.

Dr. Cameron Cartiere (Birkbeck, University of London) will be continuing her research project Sculpture Al Fresco: the Museum Moved Out-of-doors, examining the museological significance of private and public sculpture parks, 'open air galleries', interventions, and art commissions arising from the landscape environment. Dr Cartiere has conducted site visits to almost 100 parks around the globe and will be launching an online international directory of sculpture parks later this year.