‘The Human Factor’ at Hayward Gallery, London

Urs Fischer Sculpture

Urs Fischer, Skinny Sunrise, 2000. © the artist. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich

There is an element of predictability hanging over Hayward Gallery’s new exhibition, The Human Factor, which is difficult to shake. Purporting to be the first comprehensive survey in the UK exploring the ‘human figure’ in contemporary sculpture, the gallery has amassed a collection of work from 25 international artists that spans the past 25 years, featuring an impressive cast of big names to fill both floors of the space during the summer season. As one might reasonably expect, notions of human fragility, death and impermanence as well as explorations of gender and politics are all central to many of the works, as well as a wide variety of materials and forms of representation. Continue reading