Michael Bolus

(b. 1934)

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(1934– )

South African/British sculptor. Born in Cape Town, he moved to England in 1957 and studied at St Martin's School of Art under Anthony Caro. He took part in the 1965 *‘New Generation’ exhibition. His work is characteristic of that exhibition. It is made of flat plates of aluminium and painted in bright colours. In the exhibition catalogue his work was identified by Ian Dunlop as especially radical. Dunlop wrote that ‘it presents a challenge to even the most broadminded among us to free our minds from all preconceptions of what we believe sculpture should look like.’ The works were the closest to painting of all the works in the exhibition. Colour took on a vital role in defining the form. The issue of polychromy was identified by Michael Fried as the most significant element in Bolus's sculpture. Reviewing his work in 1971 he pointed to the intense experience of the coloured surfaces in contrast to the comparative conventionality of the structure.

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Fried (1998)

Subjects: Art.

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