Exhibition: Faces of Sculpture
Faces of Sculpture is an exhibition of photographer Anne Purkiss’ portraits of leading British sculptors in their studios taken over the past 30 years.
As a photo-journalist Anne arrived in the UK from former East Germany in 1984. Two years later she got her first commission to photograph a sculptor in his studio. The job came from the Associated Press and the pictures were to be a celebration of the 90th birthday of Arthur Fleischmann. This was the start of a three-decade project that has seen her taking portraits of more than one hundred sculptors who inspire her through their work and ideas.
Dame Elisabeth Frink, Sir Anthony Caro, Damian Hirst, Grayson Perry, Sir Antony Gormley, Cornelia Parker, Rachel Whiteread, Maggi Hambling, Phyllida Barlow, Martin Creed, Gavin Turk, Yinka Shonibare and many more have all been the subject of Anne’s incisive lens at different stages of their careers, some of them she has photographed on several occasions.
Caroline Worthington, Director of the Royal Society of Sculptors says “We are thrilled to have this chance to display Anne’s three decade exploration of what it is to be a sculptor. We are especially pleased to have an opportunity to display some of the sculpture created by a number of those artists featured in her insightful photographs, alongside their portraits. Sculpture is an ever evolving art form and we think visitors will find it fascinating to see this development captured through images of some of its leading practitioners taken over the last 30 years. It is especially fitting we are holding this exhibition in our South Kensington ‘home’ of Dora House, as it was once a photography studio for Elliott and Fry.”
The exhibition, which forms part of RA250 celebrations, coincides with the release of Purkiss’ new book SCULPTORS 1986 – 2016, featuring among others members of the Society and Royal Academicians
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