Antony Gormley RA

I spent the morning with the Trustees of the Royal Academy and of Royal Academy America in Antony Gormley’s studio in north London.   He reminded us of how and why the studio had been designed by David Chipperfield:  that he had visited the RIBA in 1990 in search of a young architect to help work on his house;  and had (rightly) picked out Chipperfield on the basis of his attention to qualities of interior space and light.   The studio has these qualities, but also an attentiveness to proportion:-

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He then gave an introduction to his own work;  actually, much more than an introduction – a meditation and set of self-critical reflections on its changing characteristics;  the ways in which it relates to, and reflects an interest in architectural design;  and its relationship to history and the work of Mondrian and Cézanne.   He used the phrase ‘unredeemed geometry’ which I liked:-

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There was also the pleasure of seeing work in situ and in gestation:-

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