Antony Gormley
by Thames and Hudson (9783865210296)

Antony Gormley
Thames and Hudson
Release Date: 01 Aug 2007
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 559
Category: Individual Artists, Art Monographs
Publisher: Steidl Publishers
ISBN: 9783865210296
ISBN-10: 3865210295

Over the past 20 years, the sculptor Antony Gormley has created some of the most memorable and controversial public art installations in Britain, the United States, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Mexico, Australia and China. His work has focused on the human figure and each piece is either cast directly from his own body or one of his volunteer models. He is best known for large-scale landscape interventions, such as the 100 cast iron figures facing towards the horizon on the coastal mud-flats at Cuxhaven, Germany (Another Place, 1997); The Angel of the North (1998) commissioned by the city of Gateshead in England; the 51 sculptures cast from the inhabitants of Menzies, western Australia, and set in 10 square kilometres of a dried lake (Inside Australia, 2003). Gormley has also created many collaborative works in major public museum sites, such as the 190,000 figures in Asian Field (2003) and the 250 'Domain' sculptures made of stainless steel bars commissioned by Baltic The Centre for Contemporary Art (2003). This book is the definitive guide to Gormley's career, an extensive large format publication which is the first major retrospective of his most significant works. Each chapter considers one of the 25 projects in a comprehensive visual essay and is accompanied by a text written by the artist, explaining the genesis, creation and installation of the work. An extended illustrated essay by the renowned political philosopher and writer, Richard Noble, will consider the development of Gormley's work and place in the context of late twentieth century sculpture, the problematic use of his own body as a model for sculptural forms, and the first analysis of the political nature of his collaborative works.

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