Sean Kelly is delighted to announce Antony Gormley’s public installation STAND, featuring ten cast iron ‘Blockwork’ sculptures placed at regular intervals across the East Terrace of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Continuing his critical engagement of the human body, Gormley describes the ten individual sculptures as standing stones that act as markers in space. The artist continues:
This exhibition is incomplete without the subjective witness of the citizen: each work in its different way calls on him or her to simultaneously project and recognise internal affinities in the attitude carried by the block piles... This is an exciting opportunity to see what sculpture can make us thinK and feel. What can it do to and for us? Can it have a revelatory or diagnostic function? Can it work on us to recognize our true selves and allow collective space to again be a space in which personal truth can arise?
We are delighted to present this remarkable installation in Philadelphia,” said Museum Director Timothy Rub. “Antony Gormley is, simply put, an extraordinary artist whose work has reimagined social engagement, and extended and given new meaning to an age-old tradition: the representation of the human figure. This installation, in practice as well as concept, will also enable us to fulfill in a curatorial sense one of the key goals of our strategic plan—engaging visitors by moving out into the community beyond the four walls of the Museum and activating the remarkable civic spaces around it.”