Antony Gormley on Sculpture

Antony Gormley on Sculpture

by Antony Gormley and Mark Holborn

Hardback Publication Date: 01/10/2015

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Antony Gormley occupies an unusual position as a highly populist sculptor - known chiefly for his Angel of the North (1998), a national landmark in the UK - who is also widely regarded as one of the most intellectually challenging artists working internationally. He is grounded in archaeology and anthropology, and looks to Asian and Buddhist traditions as much as to Western sculptural history, which he believes reached a punctuation point with Rodin. This is the first book to focus on Gormley's thoughts on sculpture, positioning his career and artistic philosophy in relation to its history. The book is structured thematically over four chapters: the first explores Gormley's thoughts on the body, time and space in relation to major works including European Field (1993) and 'Still Standing' (2011), Gormley's rehang of the classical rooms at the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. The second chapter, 'Sculptors', was first delivered as a series of five lectures for the BBC; in each, Gormley discusses a sculpture he considers to be of huge creative importance: Epstein's The Rock Drill (1913-15), Brancusi's The Endless Column (1935-38), Giacometti's La Place (1948-49), Joseph Beuys's Plight (1985) and Richard Serra's The Matter of Time (2005). In the third chapter, Gormley outlines the influence of Buddhist and Jain sculpture on his work and ideas, and the fourth showcases the artist's most recent sculptures.
ISBN:
9780500093955
9780500093955
Category:
Art & design styles: from c 1960
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01-10-2015
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
240
Dimensions (mm):
216x172x26mm
Weight:
0.92kg
Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley is widely acclaimed for his sculptures, installations, and public artworks that investigate the relationship of the human body to space. He attended Saint Martin's School of Art, Goldsmiths, and the Slade School of Fine Art in London.

He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994, the South Bank Prize for Visual Art in 1999, the Bernhard Heiliger Award for Sculpture in 2007, the Obayashi Prize in 2012, and the Praemium Imperiale in 2013. He has been a Royal Academician since 2003 and a British Museum Trustee since 2007. He lives and works in London.

Mark Holborn

Mark Holborn is an editor and designer of books, as well as a writer, who has worked internationally with many leading artists and photographers.

He collaborated with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation on the original, definitive volumes of Mapplethorpe's work twenty-five years ago. He lives in England.

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