The sculpture Firmament III (2009) by Antony Gormley has been acquired for the permanent collection of the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp, Belgium. The title of the work is rooted in an ancient word denoting the sky, and Gormley fashioned the three-dimensional shape to be similar to a star cluster and to reflect the lights of the firmament. The stainless steel bars outline a sort of giant hollow man that is the centre of the constellation. To mark the occasion when the monumental artwork was unveiled to the public, the open-air museum also premiered Gormley's series of polyhedral sculptures at the museum’s new exhibition pavilion, Het Huis (The House).
Firmament and Other Forms, Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, until 5 May 2013.
Mind and Body
Antony Gormley (b.1950) is best known for his massive sculpture Angel of the North (1998) and Field for the British Isle (1993) both of which are testaments to the exciting work that Gormley creates.His works 'explore what it is to have a mind, what it is to occupy our bodily place in the world and through experience become a being full of consciousness.'1 As his exhibition at the Hayward Gallery reveals, Gormley is a distinguished sculptor not only because of the remarkable scale of his projects but his ability to create through the presence and location of his sculptures a dialogue between human cultures and individuals.
Sculpture studios are particularly fascinating places: factory-like yet traditional in terms of materials and processes, having more in common with a historic ateliers such as those of Rodin or Brancusi, from which marvellous photographs exist, with assistants and large spaces, than an average modern-day studio.
Munch: The Problem With Women
This timely showing of 60 various graphics in all, some six of which are from the Gallery's own collection, focuses on Munch's lithographs, woodcuts, dry-point prints plus one etching, from the years 1895–1915.
Antony Gormley: Blind Light
An important retrospective is at the Hayward Gallery, London, until 19 August. The work covers a wide range of Gormley's ideas. Earlier work is important, and given due precedence. But this exhibition seems to have hit a mid-point, where Gormley has big decisions to make for the future direction of his work, much of which remains of high talent.
Ziegler’s current show at Simon Lee follows two other successful solo exhibitions, most recently The Alienation of Objects at 176 in London, as well as several group exhibitions from Finland to China. His work fuses enchanting, pale detachment with a sense of fantasy and freedom – an overall compelling and original adventure that builds with each new project