Art Friday: Antony Gormley
|"Angel of the North" - one of five manquettes (human-size), one was sold in 2008 for 2 million pounds. Photo taken on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin at the Australian National Art Gallery Sculptural Garden.|
Artist: Antony Gormley
The reason for selecting Antony Gormley today was my visit to see the "Angel of the North" (a marquette) at the National Art Gallery of Australia. This is a a smaller version, human size (made at the same time) of the massive sculpture found at Gateshead, the entrance to the North of Britain (see below).
Gormley was the youngest of 7 children born to a German mother and Irish father. His family were wealthy and he attended Ampleforth College in Yorshire before reading archaeology, anthropology and the history of art at Trinity College, Cambridge, from 1968 to 1971. Gormley's art career began with a solo exhibition in 1981. Almost all of his work takes the human body as its subject, with his own body used in many works as the basis for metal casts.
|"Angel of the North" standing at the entrance to Gateshead, UK. It is a steel sculpture standing 20 metres (66ft) tall, with wings measuring 54 metres (177ft) across. It was built in 1994 and cost 1 million pounds paid for via the British Lottery.|
|"Vessel 2012" - modernist abstraction|
|No idea why either!|
|"Land, Sea and Air" made from lead, plaster and fibre-glass - not an installation that most people can see or enjoy!|