Antony Gormley

OBJECT, NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, LONDON, ENGLAND, 2016 - 2017

07 September 2016 - 21 May 2017

From September OBJECT (1999) will occupy a position of maximum exposure, being visible from the ground floor and in passing as the visitor ascends the escalator to the Gallery's top floor. 

The installation is accompanied on October 5 by the display of FALL 1999, a selection of drawings shown in the Gallery's first floor Balcony within sight of the sculpture. Like the sculpture, these compelling works present a solitary figure occupying a void.

Describing the work, the artist has said:

'Considering the National Portrait Gallery as a place of memory, this work is purposefully positioned at the heart of the building where it engages with the changing light of day and the moving bodies of visitors being lifted through the space on the escalator.

Suspended, the work energises space through mass and invites a certain degree of attention and self-awareness in the viewer. OBJECT is an index; it is neither symbol nor traditional representation. It is a meditation on mortality and materialisation, what I have called a corpograph, close to a fossil, but industrially-made. Its origins are acknowledged in the clear de-composition and re-making of the original body and the tabs that indicate the entry points of molten iron within the sand mould that formed it.'

OBJECT, 1999

OBJECT, 1999
Cast iron
195 x 52 x 37 cm
Photograph by Victoria Miller, Digital Programmes
© National Portrait Gallery, London

OBJECT, 1999

OBJECT, 1999
Cast iron
195 x 52 x 37 cm
Photograph by Victoria Miller, Digital Programmes
© National Portrait Gallery, London

FALL, 1999

FALL, 1999
Suite of nine drawings
Shellac, varnish and oil paint on paper
38 x 28 cm
Photograph by Victoria Miller, Digital Programmes
© National Portrait Gallery, London

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