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Antony Gormley is the Dan Brown of the art world: simple and accessible, his work is loved by the public as much as it is reviled by serious critics

By Ben Lewis   April 2008

It’s official: Antony Gormley is better than Rodin—at least according to the public. The 57 year old—most famous for his metal casts of his body—was responsible for the most-visited single artist show in London last year, at the Hayward. With an average daily 2,255 visitors, it was more popular than Holbein and Hogarth at Tate Britain and, incredibly, Rodin at the RA.

Yet the art world—critics, curators, art enthusiasts—mostly agrees that Gormley is terrible. His catalogue essays are written by lesser art historians. Bloggers have renamed him “gormless.” Many revile his oeuvre of self-casting, seeing it as a sculptural personality…

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