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  • Adam 16:00 on 15.04.2019 Постоянная ссылка |
    Метки: Antony Gormley, art, , , , Royal Academy, ,   

    Ticket Alert: Book Now For Antony Gormley At The Royal Academy 

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    Britain’s most famous living sculptor gets a major exhibition at the Royal Academy this autumn.

    Booking is already open for Antony Gormley’s blockbuster at the RA this September. Get your tickets early. The artist’s recent VR exhibition sold out before we could say ‘Angel of the North’.

    The autumn exhibition draws on Gormley’s 45 years of practice and also includes new works. The collection will fill the RA’s Main Galleries, following in the footsteps of Ai Weiwei and Anselm Kiefer.

    Gormley needs little introduction. He’s the chap who’s planted many cast iron figures around the world, including the sculptures in the sea at Crosby, and that famous angel up at Gateshead.

    Image: Shutterstock

    He has perhaps contributed more works of art to London’s public spaces than any modern sculptor — at least ten on permanent display, from Peckham to Kilburn.

    Gormley is also part of that exclusive club of artists who’ve exhibited on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. His 2009 ‘One and Other‘ conceptual work had ordinary Londoners mounting the plinth to do whatever the hell they wanted for half an hour.

    This interactive and playful side to his work is reflected in the exhibition. Gormley:

    …will invite visitors to slow down and become aware of their own bodies. Highlights include Clearing VII, an immersive ‘drawing in space’ made from kilometres of coiled, flexible metal that spirals from floor to ceiling and wall to wall, which visitors find their own path through, and Lost Horizon I, 24 life-size cast iron figures set at different orientations on the walls, floor and ceiling – challenging our perception of which way is up.

    Antony Gormley is at the Royal Academy, 21 September to 3 December 2019. Tickets £18-£22, with concessions available. Book now.

  • Adam 13:30 on 12.04.2019 Постоянная ссылка |
    Метки: art, , Dale Chihuly, Kew Gardens, , , Richmond, ,   

    Dale Chihuly’s Enchanting Glass Sculptures Make Kew Gardens Even More Magical 

    Cherry blossoms and Chihuly are a perfect match. © Chihuly Studio/Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    Sunlight glints off a beautiful, elevated sapphire star. On the green grass and under blue skies, the delicate glass sculpture looks both in harmony with its environment and as if it’s been mined from the depths of an alien planet.

    It’s the creation of glass sculptor Dale Chihuly, and is one of over 30 works scattered throughout Kew Gardens in a spectacular outdoor exhibition.  

    Two large sculptures stand sentry outside the temperate house. © Chihuly Studio / Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    Elsewhere in the grounds, a yellow and red tentacled ‘sun’ is reflected in a large pond, so bright it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the nearby water evaporating. A tall spiky tower explodes out of the ground, looking like it could keep growing upwards in line with the trees that surround it.

    The trail continues indoors, where snaking works emerge from the waterlily pond, like mutant offspring of the usual residents. A gnarled blue piece delicately hangs from the ceiling in the Temperate House like an organic chandelier, not dissimilar to Chihuly’s piece in the V&A’s atrium.

    These little ‘planets’ reminded us of a solar system. © Chihuly Studio / Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    Chihuly’s sculptures have always had something of the natural world about them, like they would keep growing if nobody was watching them. Here, among the botanical wonders of Kew Gardens, they’re far more at home than they would be in a gallery setting.

    There’s an impressive amount of thought in how the works have been placed around the grounds, with colourful spheres placed in gravel as if they’re all part of the same solar system. The more plant-like works are often placed in among other plants so on quick glance, they could be a rare species of flower.

    Chihuly’s sun is one of the most eye-catching works. © Chihuly Studio / Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    On a sunny day under blue skies, Kew Gardens very relaxing. With the addition of Chihuly’s sculptures, this summer at Kew just got prettier and more magical.

    Chihuly: Reflections on Nature is on at Kew Gardens from 13 April to 27 October 2019. Included with entry to the gardens — adult tickets start at £16.50/

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