Tucker moved to the USA in 1977 and later became an American citizen. By the early 1980s he was particularly interested in creating a tension between mass and open spaces. Later in the decade he returned to modelling after having worked consistently with constructed forms, bringing primordial masses to the brink of figuration in bronzes such as Gaia (2.08×1.19×3.23 m, 1986; Rome, Gal. Isola di Milano, see 1987 exh. cat., p. 19), which intimidate by their large scale and mass.
The New Generation: 1965 (exh. cat., intro. B. Robertson; London, Whitechapel A.G., 1965), pp. 65–70
R. Morphet: ‘William Tucker', The Alistair McAlpine Gift (exh. cat., intro. A. McAlpine; London, Tate, 1971), pp. 88–105
William Tucker: Sculpture, 1970–73 (exh. cat., intro. A. Forge; London, Serpentine Gal., 1973)
William Tucker: Gods: Five Recent Sculptures (exh. cat., intro. D. Ashton; London, Tate, 1987)
DANIEL E. MADER
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