Ron Arad/Antony Gormley

I’ve just finished chairing an event with Antony Gormley in discussion with one another. There were more synergies/crossovers than I had expected: born within a year of one another (Gormley 1950 Arad 1951); both children of the 1960s – freewheeling, inventive, creative; both resisting the categorisation of their medium. Arad trained in architecture, but only practised for a year before setting up his studio as an inventor/designer in Covent Garden; Gormley spent three years in India before going to Central School, Goldsmith’s and the Slade. Both determined to resist categorisation, liking working with others, doing things provocatively and experimentally; both nearly equally impossible to chair, because so full of ideas.

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