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The best art exhibitions in summer 2019—Antony Gormley and the undead Bauhaus

Plus Barry Flanagan at the Ikon Gallery


Antony Gormley, Royal Academy, 21st September to 3rd December

In the early 1970s, Antony Gormley created a series of works called Sleeping Place. Made by draping a cloth, soaked in plaster, over a curled-up body, they show Gormley’s preoccupation with the inner space of the human body and the body’s relationship to the space it occupies. This exhibition captures Gormley at the height of his career, showing how his work has evolved through experiments with different materials—lead, concrete, aluminium tubing, iron, steel mesh, bronze, seaweed and clay. But drawing runs through everything.

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