Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley

Anna Schwartz Gallery

November 26, 2007

Antony Gormley


November 30 – December 21

Opening (by invitation only):

November 29, 6-8pm

The artist will be in attendance for the

exhibition opening.

Exhibition by renowned British sculptor Antony Gormley at Anna Schwartz Gallery

Anna Schwartz Gallery presents Ataxia, seven new sculptures from the Block Works Series by Antony Gormley, perhaps the most important living sculptor.

Over the last 25 years Gormley has revitalised the human image in sculpture, having taken a conceptual approach to figurative sculpture through a radical investigation of the body as a place of memory and transformation, using his own body as subject, tool and material. Since 1990 he has expanded his concern with the human condition to explore the collective body and the relationship between self and other in large-scale installations across the world.

These works model the body through four sizes of cast steel blocks that use the rules of architecture, its absolute geometries and an improvised construction to evoke an internal state and the body beneath the skin.

Gormley aims to liberate each of these blocks into a space of its own, creating dynamic figures composed of masses and voids. The works of Ataxia do not relate to their architectural context; it is the internal relationship of the blocks that creates the tension in the works. Some assume precarious stances where the sharp material clarity of the steel blocks is countered by a sense of vulnerability and exposure.

Antony Gormley was born in London in 1950. His work has been exhibited extensively, with solo shows including the Whitechapel, Tate, the British Museum, White Cube, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Sean Kelly Gallery and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. His acclaimed recent exhibition Blind Light at the Hayward Gallery comprised major installations produced for the galleries and Event Horizon, a series of figures cast from his own body installed on rooftops across London.

He has participated in the Venice Biennale and Kassel Documenta 8. His Field has toured America, Europe and Asia. Angel of the North and, most recently, Quantum Cloud on the Thames in Greenwich are amongst the most celebrated examples of contemporary British sculpture.

Gormley has an established relationship with Australia, having created the major works Inside Australia at Lake Ballard (WA) in 2002/2003, Asian Field for the Biennale of Sydney in 2006 and previously exhibiting at Anna Schwartz Gallery in 2005.

He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994 and was made an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1997.

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Saturday 1-5pm

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