NATARAJAN ESSAY IN GORMLEY RETROSPECTIVE CATALOG
The sculptor Sir Antony Gormley is one of the most prominent living artists of our times. Awarded the Turner Prize in 1994, he was knighted in 2014. From The Angel of the North (1998) to the hundred cast-iron life-size human figures that populate Crosby Beach in Liverpool, his works often explore the human body and its relationship to the space it inhabits. A major exhibition of his works was presented at the Royal Academy in 2019, with the publication of a catalog of his collected works. The exhibition catalog comprised three invited essays.
In this authoritative survey – featuring photography of works installed at Antony Gormley Retrospective at the Royal Academy, the leading scientist and writer on cosmology Priyamvada Natarajan explores the role of space and light in Gormley’s work. Michael Newman places Gormley within the British sculptural tradition, while Jeanette Winterson adds her personal response to Gormley’s sculpture. Martin Caiger-Smith introduces this body of work, exploring the roots of Gormley’s practice, and the role that public sculpture can play in the twenty-first century. Antony Gormley was on display at The Royal Academy of Arts from 21st September to 3rd December 2019 in The Main Galleries, Burlington House.