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Shaking Up History and Nature: A Conversation with Bill Woodrow
by John K. Grande

Born near Henley, Oxfordshire, in 1948, Bill Woodrow studied at Winchester College of Art, St. Martin’s School of Art, and Chelsea School of Art. He had his first solo exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1972. Since then he has exhibited worldwide, with important shows including the São Paulo Bienal (1991), “Fool’s Gold,” an exhibition of bronze sculptures at the Tate Gallery (1996), and “Bee Keeper” at the South London Gallery (2001). Like many sculptors, Woodrow believes in the importance of drawing: his two-dimensional works were featured in a major exhibition, “About this Axis, Drawings 1990–1995” (1995), at the Camden Arts Centre, London, and the Harris Museum, Preston. Woodrow was a finalist for the Turner Prize in 1986.

Endeavour (Cannon Dredged from the First Wreck of the Ship of Fools), 1994. Bronze, 208 x 445 x 174 cm.

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