Spread around the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf, LOOKING UP (until 31 May 2021), is the largest show to date of the US sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld. Influenced by Cycladic sculpture and Futurism, as well as natural forms, the show’s towering works were inspired by Blumenfeld’s feeling that “society is moving towards a precipice caused by isolation, lack of empathy, the breakdown in trust, and absence of leadership”. The exhibition includes the monumental three-part sculpture Taking Risks (2019) carved from Carrara marble, which highlights the sculptural vocabulary Blumenfeld has refined throughout her career, testing the limits of the materials in which she works. Also presented are works made of bronze such as Illusion (2018)—three inter-related pieces that evoke the image of three abstracted figures supporting one another and its smaller, terracotta version made in 2017.
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