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Garth Evans: An Arts Council Collection exhibition selected by Richard Deacon

Garth Evans: An Arts Council Collection exhibition selected by Richard Deacon

 

Tony Cragg in conversation with Dr Jon Wood

Garth Evans is one of Britain’s most prolific sculptors whose practice has largely been defined by the use of geometric, asymmetrical forms and a commitment to simple, everyday materials. Part of the generation between Anthony Caro and New British Sculpture, Evans is noted for a body of work that offers a bridge between 1960s modernism and the lyrical experimentation with a broader range of materials that followed in the late 1970s. Born in Manchester in 1934, Evans studied at the Slade School of Art (1957-60) and during the 1960s he taught in the Sculpture Department at St Martin’s School of Art where Richard Deacon studied under his direction. In 1979 Garth Evans made a radical break with the UK scene and moved to the US, since when his work has become relatively unknown here.
 
In 2013 a major exhibition organised by the Arts Council Collection was presented at Longside Gallery, selected by Richard Deacon, fellow artist, former student and friend. This film documents a conversation between Garth Evans and Richard Deacon which took place in March 2013 at the time of the installation of the exhibition.