When Forms Come Alive

Sixty Years of Restless Sculpture


This book is not yet published, but will be available from April 2024.

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Spanning over 50 years of contemporary art, When Forms Come Alive – which accompanies a major exhibition at London’s Hayward Gallery – explores the ways in which artists have been inspired by movement, flux and organic growth, from a dancer’s gesture to the breaking of a wave, or from a flow of molten metal to the interlacing of a spider’s web.

It features a range of energetic sculptural forms that seem to ooze, undulate, blossom, erupt and sprawl across gallery spaces. This richly illustrated hardback book explores the artists and their work in detail, and includes essays by Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff and art historian Natalie Rudd which cite the artists’ work within the context of postminimalism, and explore formal and material innovation in sculpture across the past half century. Texts on each artist by a range of writers will accompany a broad-ranging selection of images.

Includes the works of 21 international artists, namely Ruth Asawa, Nairy Baghramian, Phyllida Barlow, Lynda Benglis, Michel Blazy, Paloma Bosque, Olaf Brzeski, Choi Jeong Hwa, Tara Donovan, DRIFT, Eva Fabregas, Holly Hendry, EJ Hill, Marguerite Humeau, Jean-Luc Moulene, Senga Nengudi, Ernesto Neto, Martin Puryear, Matthew Ronay, Teresa Solar Abboud and Franz West.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 17 x 24.2 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 8 April 2024
Number of pages 240
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by Ralph Rugoff and Natalie Rudd
Dimensions 17 x 24.2 cm
Weight 300 g


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