Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley 'Time Horizon' at Houghton Hall

Antony Gormley | Houghton Hall | Lougher Contemporary

Background on Antony Gormley's Sculptures and Artistic Practice

Antony Gormley is renowned for his innovative approach to sculpture, often integrating his works into landscapes where they enhance and become part of their surroundings. His most iconic piece, the Angel of the North, is strategically placed alongside the A1, greeting travellers to Tyneside and offering a notable view from the car window. Another significant installation is "Another Place" on Crosby Beach in Merseyside, where 100 cast-iron figures gaze out to sea, creating a meditative and almost spiritual experience for visitors.

Gormley's sculptures explore the relationship between the human body and space, often challenging the viewer's perception and inviting contemplation about the body's place in the environment. His installations are not only visually striking but also conceptually profound, making him one of the most significant artists of his generation.

Antony Gormley | Houghton Hall | Lougher Contemporary

The Exhibition

Antony Gormley's latest exhibition, "Time Horizon" is one of his most spectacular large-scale installations. It will be showcased across the grounds and through the house at Houghton Hall in Norfolk from 21 April to 31 October 2024. This marks the first time "Time Horizon" will be staged in the UK, following its previous display at an archaeological site in southern Italy.

Houghton Hall, a stately home near the royal Sandringham estate, provides an ideal setting for Gormley's work. The hall, owned by Lord Cholmondeley, features 1,000 acres of private parkland, enhancing the exhibition's grandeur and connection to the British aristocracy's historic essence.

"Time Horizon" features 100 life-size sculptures distributed across 300 acres of the park. These cast-iron sculptures, each weighing approximately 620kg and standing at an average height of 191cm, are installed at the same datum level to create a single horizontal plane across the landscape. The positioning of the sculptures varies with the topography: some are buried with only parts of their heads visible, others are submerged to their chests or knees, and a few stand on the existing surface. Additionally, about a quarter of the sculptures are placed on concrete columns that range from a few centimetres to four meters high.

 

Antony Gormley | Houghton Hall | Lougher Contemporary

Collecting Antony Gormley

For art collectors, Antony Gormley's works are highly sought after. His sculptures and installations, available through prestigious galleries such as White Cube and Thaddeus Ropac, represent significant investments due to their profound impact on contemporary art. The "Time Horizon" exhibition at Houghton Hall underscores the enduring appeal and relevance of Gormley's work, offering a unique opportunity to experience his latest masterpiece in a historic and picturesque setting.

Lougher Contemporary also provides opportunities to acquire Gormley's artworks. Collectors can find various pieces by Gormley that capture his exploration of the human form and its relationship to space. These works not only hold aesthetic value but also offer deep, contemplative experiences, making them valuable additions to any art collection. Get in touch to find out more.

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