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Antony Gormley


30 Aug 1950 –

Alternate image of Haft by Antony Gormley
Alternate image of Haft by Antony Gormley
Alternate image of Haft by Antony Gormley
  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    mild steel blocks
    165.0 x 48.0 x 60.0 cm
    Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation 2008
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Antony Gormley

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  • About

    Antony Gormley has always started his work from a study of the human body notably his own. He never makes literal representations of the body but creates traces that we experience and fill with our own imagination. In this case the energy represented by the modular construction yields the impression of an intimate pose once the eye has adjusted to the “pixilation”.

    Gormley’s work appears like silent sentinels but they are physical manifestations of the inner self – his interest is really about the possibilities and the realities of exploring and defining the human presence. In 'Haft' (made up of hundreds of small rectangular highly finished steel blocks) we are again confronted with the internal mass, oddly articulated, which echoes the strengths and frailties of the human within.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

    • Ataxia, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Melbourne, 30 Nov 2007–21 Dec 2007

    • Some mysterious process, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Jun 2020–13 Sep 2020

    • Archie Plus, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Sep 2020–07 Mar 2021

    • From Here, for Now, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 05 Nov 2022–12 Feb 2023

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Edmund Capon, Look, 'Sculptural Holy Grail', pg.27, Sydney, Aug 2008, 27 (colour illus.).

Other works by Antony Gormley

See all 8 works