Last night saw the launch of The Sculpture of Charles Wheeler by Sarah Crellin, the latest book in the Lund Humphries/Henry Moore Foundation British Sculptors and Sculpture series. The Fine Art Society on New Bond Street provided an appropriate backdrop for an evening celebrating Crellin’s efforts to redress the historic lack of attention paid to Charles Wheeler’s work; as the author pointed out, in 1986 the gallery was the location of the exhibition ‘Sculpture in Britain between the Wars’, with which Ben Read and Peyton Skipwith attempted to bring back into focus sculptors whose modernism was ‘subtler, expressed differently and concerned with other imperatives than those of the canonical high modernists’. But the evening wasn’t just about reinforcing the serious purpose behind the book, it was also a celebration of the culmination of a lot of hard work. And although Crellin apologised, in her speech, for not being able to ‘organise a re-enactment of Prince Birabongse of Siam’s 21st birthday party (held in Wheeler’s studio in 1935, when the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo provided the floorshow, and an ERA B2B racing car was driven into the building)’, a good time was had by all.
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The Sculpture of Charles Wheeler by Sarah Crellin
2012. Hardback. 200 pages. 278 b&w illustrations. £45 / $90