Antony Gormley: Blind Light
Text by W.J.T. Mitchell, Susan Stewart, Anthony Vidler. Interview by Ralph Rugoff, Jacky Klein.
Over the past 25 years, Antony Gormley, perhaps Britain's best-known living sculptor, has revitalized the human image in sculpture. He won the 1994 Turner Prize and has had solo exhibitions at the Whitechapel, Tate, and Hayward galleries, White Cube and The British Museum, and internationally at the Corcoran Gallery, Documenta and the Venice Biennale. His radical investigations of the body as a place of memory and transformation use his own corpus as subject, tool and material. Conflating figure and ground, inside and outside, the physical and the psychological, Gormley explores complex relationships between the city, its architecture and its people. This richly illustrated catalogue is filled with new, never-before-seen sculptural works--a series of figures in light-infused webs of steel, and the monumental steel-block "Space Station," 20 feet high. Photographer Gautier Deblonde also chronicles a major new public project, "Event Horizon," which sites some 30 sculptures on buildings across central London, dramatically altering the city skyline. An in-depth interview with Gormley explores the development of his new work, as well as his relationship to the artists who have inspired him and to his contemporaries in the field of figurative sculpture.