Denys Short

4 Apr — 6 May 1973 Free

This exhibition of five sculptures by Denys Short was staged on the Serpentine Gallery’s lawn.

North Devon-born, Goldsmiths-trained artist Denys Short (b.1927) presented a series of works entitled Rhondda Sculptures.

Denys wrote about these pieces, which included Silicosis II, Resurrection and Hafan: “I have used the front doors and parlour windows of the terrace houses in the mining villages of South Wales to comment on some aspects of life in the valleys. With some, coal, and coal dust overwhelm the house. The aluminium and steel pieces are rewards for housewives who spend their lives attempting to keep their homes bright and spotless.”

Short’s outdoor exhibition ran concurrently with the exhibition Photo-Realism.


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