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Image of ISC Lifetime Achievement Award, copy of Head from the figure of a woman [Cycladic; Keros-Syros culture]
William Tucker

William Tucker was born to English parents in Cairo, Egypt in 1935, and moved to England at the age of 2. He was not always interested in pursuing a career in art, and he initially enrolled at Oxford University in 1955 with the purpose of studying history. However, after visiting the Holland Park sculpture exhibition in 1957, he chose to continue his postgraduate studies in sculpture at the Central and St. Martin’s Schools of Art from 1959-1961. Being included in the New Generation 1965 exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, Tucker soon came to public prominence as a distinguished sculptor.


During his early career, Tucker worked primarily with steel and recycled wood to create abstract geometric figures that consist largely of negative space. However, his style evolved in the 80’s and 90’s resulting in more solid pieces cast from plaster and concrete. In addition to his work in the studio, William Tucker also made significant contributions to the future of the sculpture world through his academic work.



Tucker’s earliest contribution to the academic world of sculpture is The Language of Sculpture, a book he wrote published in 1974. In addition, he served as a Gregory Fellows at Leeds University Fine Arts department between 1968-1970, taught at both Columbia University and the New York Studio School, and is currently Co-chair of the Art Program at Bard College. William Tucker has been honored for his contributions to the sculpture community being selected to represent Britain at the 1972 Venice Biennale as well as the Guggenheim Fellowship for Sculpture in 1981 and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1986.



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Photo Credits: William Tucker
, The Void, 2005, bronze, 26 3/4 x 35  x 24 inches, edition of 4. Photo courtesy McKee Gallery.

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