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Liberty Grip

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© Courtesy of the Artist and White Cube, Bermondsey
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© Courtesy of the Artist and White Cube, Bermondsey
Liberty Grip

144 —152 Bermondsey Street
London SE1 3TQ
United Kingdom
March 6th, 2013 - April 21st, 2013
Opening: March 5th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://whitecube.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
london bridge, southbank
EMAIL:  
press@whitecube.com
PHONE:  
+44 (0) 2079 305373
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue-Sat 10-6; Sun 12-6
TAGS:  
sculpture

DESCRIPTION

For each of the three discrete sections of Liberty Grip, Hume used as a template the arm of a mannequin, enlarging this mass-produced, utilitarian object to a colossal scale. Hume then positioned the three arms into an evocative group of forms that suggests both a bundle of limbs or a contorted hand. Bronze on this scale usually commemorates the feat of a war hero or the triumphs of a nation, but with Liberty Grip Hume toys with our conventional uses of monumental sculpture, treating it with mischievous sense of scale, even painting the tips of the abruptly cut-off limbs a playful, intimate colour. Liberty Grip brings to mind the detached and colossal hand of the Roman Emperor Constantine, yet where that sculpture, now in fragments, celebrated the feats of a leader, Hume swaps bravado for all the sensuality and wit that characterise his paintings.