Peter Hide

(b. 1944)

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(1944– )

British sculptor, born in Carshalton, Surrey. He was a student of Anthony Caro at St Martin's School of Art and became for a time his assistant. From 1967 he was one of the leading figures in the Stockwell Depot group of sculptors in south London; they were based in a former warehouse which became a place of work and exhibition for a number of Caro's ex-pupils. Unsurprisingly he was much influenced by the welded metal sculpture practised by Caro, but Hide has also spoken of the significance of Michael Steiner (1945– ), an American sculptor strongly admired by Clement Greenberg, in helping him to find a way of humanizing the ‘high abstract language’ he had learnt as a student. Hide's sculpture Zenith (1975), which substitutes verticality for the horizontality that was characteristic of Caro, is typical of this endeavour. Although the piece is basically abstract, he used the classic device of twisting the figure (contrapposto) to animate it. He has been professor of sculpture at the University of Alberta, Canada, since 1984.

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Subjects: Art.

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