Sculptor Antony Gormley and art critic Martin Gayford – authors of 'Shaping the World' – meet in Gormley's London studio to reflect on the incomparable power of sculpture, the enduring human instinct to create, and how today's artworks could act as 'industrial fossils' to future life-forms we cannot yet imagine.
Thames & Hudson Associate Editor Phoebe Lindsley recently spoke to Professor Paul Smith, Director of Oxford University Museum of Natural History about William Smith, the pioneering geologist whose remarkable work is finally getting the spotlight it deserves. In this interview, Phoebe and Paul chat about the ‘brain-boggling’ detail in Smith’s maps, how this underdog helped spark the Industrial Revolution, and what geology has to do with black forest gateau.
The artists in 'Abstract Art: A Global History' make it clear that abstraction is not a closed chapter in the history of modern art – or a club limited to white men from Europe or North America – but an open-ended, inclusive conversation.
Fifty years have passed since the release of ‘John Lennon/ Plastic Ono Band'. Take an intimate look inside this turbulent and transformative period in Lennon’s life, including his anti-war activism, his experiences with primal therapy and the liberating power of his and Yoko Ono’s love.
In this extract from 'Shaping the World', renowned sculptor Antony Gormley and art historian Martin Gayford discuss the awe-inspiring experience of encountering an eleven-foot winged lion, and the power of sculpture to 'reach across time'.