Beaux Arts Gallery in London is marking the twentieth anniversary of sculptor Elizabeth Frink’s death. She was just 62 when she died, leaving an impressive body of sculpture, having been widely recognized in her twenties. Elisabeth Frink: Catalogue Raisonné of Sculpture 1947-93 has been published by Lund Humphries, which illustrates over 400 works, many of which have not been published before. In the wake of the second world war, Frink described her figures as “not at all sensuous, they were much too involved with the debris of war and heroics”. In the same vein aged just 29, she stated: “forms I make are inspired by a respect for life which seems always to be threatened by death.” From a Catholic and military background Frink grew up during the war. Photographs such as the iconic image of the atomic bomb landing on Hiroshima had a strong impact. Travels in Ireland with her first husband, French-Irish architect Michel Jammet, fuelled a latent interest in Celtic history and the past. Her reputation was established early on, as she attracted a significant amount of attention from photographers and film-makers, cutting a striking image as a strong woman who in making powerful human forms, animals and birds, conveyed the duality in life: beauty and a strong life force – with man’s capacity to destroy.
Beaux Arts Gallery, London, until 18 May 2013
This timely exhibition reminds us how prodigiously his work then developed, and deals with his sculptures between l969 and 1988, a period of full composure, flourish and growing technical skill in which he seemingly anticipated the neo-Gothic contemporary tendency in film and art.
Libeskind impacting Denver
Flying into Denver airport, the Rockies rise high in the distance, a constant reminder of the frontier context here, even today. Likewise, the apparently palisade-topped outline of Gio Ponti's 1972 Denver Art Museum (which contains an evocative Native American collection, appropriately) provides a reminder of, even in those far off times, an architect's urge to supply a signature building.