Modern British Sculpture
This publication, containing both works and essays, accompanied the 2011 exhibition of the same name at the Royal Academy of Arts. An exploration of sculpture of varying styles, from the end of the Victorian era to the dawn of the new millennium, the exhibition examined how sculptors have moved towards the use of unconventional materials, and explored the dematerialisation of the sculpted object.
We used Berthold Block’s1 unconventionally chiseled lettering for titles,2 complemented by New Johnston for sub-headers and chapter introductions, and Caslon for body text. Images are arranged throughout at varying scales, corresponding to the artworks’ differing sizes and showcasing details within the works.
This typeface was a nod to Richard Hollis’ designs for the Whitechapel Gallery in the early 1980s, at the time of the seminal two-part exhibition of British sculpture held under the directorship of Nicholas Serota, which brought modern British sculpture to the public consciousness.