Acclaimed British sculptor Antony Gormley, following his participation at White Cube’s booth at Art Basel Miami Beach, has revealed a new solo exhibition at the gallery’s London flagship. The exhibition, titled Body Politic, includes five bodies of work that delve into the relationship between the body and the industrial world.
Gormley’s practice is primarily focused on investigating the migratory nature of humanity. For almost fifty years, he has examined bodily movements through geometric sculptures crafted from both natural and manmade materials. Frequently using his own body as a template, in various positions such as standing, kneeling, or slouching, Gormley’s sculptures and installations encourage visitors to become conscious of their own movement freedoms.
In the Body Politic exhibition, a British artist showcases a collection of new sculptures crafted from recycled steel, cast iron, reinforced concrete, and other materials. Notable pieces include a work titled Resting Place (2023), which features 244 terracotta figures. Each figure is arranged to depict a unique human movement, but they also symbolize small city buildings, reflecting Gormley’s belief that humans have evolved to dwell in cities rather than in the forests of our ancestors. Gormley stated, “We create a world, but that world in turn shapes us. This is our reality. We are influenced and defined by our environment.”
The exhibition also includes a newly published catalog that traces Gormley’s work over the past three years. Body Politic will be open for viewing until January 28.