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This work, one of three Pose Work for Plinths, was originally conceived as a performance at the Situation Gallery in 1971. McLean’s poses are an ironic and humorous commentary on what he considered to be the pompous monumentality of Henry Moore’s large plinth based reclining sculptures. The artist was photographed repeating the poses from his performance. The plinth in McLean’s work also functions as an ironic reference to its dogmatic rejection as a legitimate base for sculpture by Anthony Caro and others teaching at St Martin’s School of Art when McLean was a student there between 1963 and 1966.

September 2016