Antony Gormley the English artist is back in his Paris gallery exhibiting in both the main gallery and a smaller gallery upstairs.Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is in Le Marais and compared to most Parisian private galleries, it has a very large building to represent many of the best artists in the contemporary art world. Without doubt, a very desirable gallery for artists and I never miss a visit to Paris without calling in here.
In the main gallery Gormley has three polyhedral works – Cumulate, Fuse and Abstract that are standing, lying and crouching. Drift is an abstracted cloud made up of clustered wire polyhedrons.
Other pieces like Construct or State are built on the constructional principles of architecture.
The most extreme work in the exhibition, Forecast, is a 4.5 metre high sculpture.
The lying figure made up of polyhedrons is for me reminiscent of the recumbent stone giant figure at Agrigento in Sicily, a male slave figure that once stood tall but now lies prone by the ruins of the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
Warning: Small sculptures in the centre of the room, watch your step. Antony Gormley was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994, was made an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1997 and has been a Royal Academician since 2003 and a British Museum Trustee since 2007.
If you would like to read the press release in English click Press_Release_Antony_Gormley_2011