Bruce McLean From ‘Spaghetti alle Vongole Twice’ Revisited

Image credit: Bruce McLean, From Spaghetti alle Vongole Twice, 1994

 

Bruce Mclean has always been a rebel within the art world. In 1965 he abandoned conventional studio production in favour of impermanent sculptures using materials such as water.


In a 1971 performance he used his own body to parody the poses of Henry Moore’s celebrated reclining figures. When in 1972 he was offered an exhibition at the Tate Gallery, he opted, with obviously mocking intent, for a ‘retrospective’ lasting only one day. He continued to use humour to confront the pretensions of the art world and wider social issues such as the nature of bureaucracy and institutional politics.

 

In this exhibition he presents a reworking of a 1994 sculpture presented to The New Art Gallery Walsall’s collection by Credit Suisse Boston through the Art Fund.