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Abstract vs Figure 1952 – 2019 & Ornament and Crime

InSitu facilitated Pinsent Masons' fourth Artist in Residence, the sculptor Nick Hornby, to curate two exhibitions as part of his residency - Ornament and Crime and Abstract vs Figure 1952-2019, installed in the public space of the firms London HQ.

Abstract vs Figure 1952-2019 featured work by key Modernist sculptors: Arthur Fleischmann (1896-1990), Henry Moore (1898-1986), and Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005) alongside that of contemporary artists Oliver Beer, Alex Massouras, Zuza Mengham and Hornby himself. The artist brought together late Modern sculpture alongside contemporary work to highlight the continuation of conversations between form and concept, figuration and abstraction, often associated with Modernism.

Ornament and Crime comprised a vitrine, the contents of which were added to or changed over a period of weeks. Hornby wrote a regular letter to the art committee and in one explains ‘I have been thinking about criminality in the art world - artists stealing ideas, copying images. My research brought me to Adolf Loos - a key figure in Modern architecture, who in 1908 famously wrote an essay criticising decoration. It was titled Ornament and Crime.' The exhibition formed an evolving enquiry through changes Hornby made to the vitrine over a period of weeks that posed questions and created connections in a visual conversation with employees.

Curated Exhibitions at Pinsent Masons LLP, London