Human Antony Gormley is the catalogue curated by Arabella Natalini and Sergio Risaliti, of the exhibition by one of the world’s most recognised and appreciated contemporary artists, Antony Gormley.. Once again the exceptional architecture of the Forte di Belvedere in Florence forms the background to a remarkable exhibition that should not be missed. Over a hundred metal sculptures are arranged in the grounds and building of the Medici fortress and will form an integral part of the monument for several months.
“Rather than attempt to insert works that try to match the scale of the site, I have chosen to exhibit works that are lifesize and that will allow the mass and form of this remarkable construction to speak. […] The concept behind the exhibition is to open up the Forte through sculptural acupuncture: the works are widely dispersed to catalyse the inherent masses, constrictions and panoramas that the site affords. In finding the right places to make these
confrontations and allusions, I want to create stumbling blocks that stop the viewer in their tracks. I want to encourage the viewer to think again about who they are and how they negotiate the spaces around them.”
The amazing exhibition is described and narrated in this richly illustrated catalogue containing important art critiques by Andrew Benjamin, Marco Casamonti, Mario Codognato and Sergio Risaliti.
A long conversation between Antony Gormley and Arabella Natalini, offers an insight into the personality of the artist, his intentions, the way he visually perceives and captures the acoustics of the spaces in which he positions his anthropomorphic figures.
Antony Gormley (London 1950) is widely acclaimed for his sculptures, installations and public artworks that investigate the relationship of the human body to space. His work has been exhibited throughout the UK and internationally with recent solo exhibitions at the Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern (2014); Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia (2012); Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2012) and The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (2011). Gormley was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994 and the Praemium Imperiale in 2013. In 1997 he was made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) and was made a knight in the New Year’s Honours list in 2014. He has been a Royal Academician since 2003.