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Shaping The World

"A hugely respected art critic and an internationally celebrated artist join forces with a titan of art publishing to produce this ambitious book.

Essential reading for everyone interested in art history and practice. "

Anni Peckham, Book Buyer & Merchandise

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Dimensions 29.1 x 3.9 x 22.8cm
Fabric & material Hardback
No. of Pages 392
SKU 12091039

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Service Update (updated 19 March 2020)

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Our last order date is 12 December 2021 for your gifts to arrive in time for Christmas. For more information on delivery times and terms, please click here.

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Updated 19 May 2020

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Product story

Sculpture has been practised by every culture throughout the world and stretches back into our distant past. The first surviving shaped stones may even predate the advent of language. Evidently, the desire to carve, mould, bend, chip away, weld, suspend, balance – to transform a vast array of materials and light into new shapes and forms – runs deep in our psyche and is a fundamental part of our human journey and need for expression.

With more than 300 spectacular illustrations, Shaping the World juxtaposes a rich variety of works – from the famous Lowenmensch or Lion Man, c. 35,000 BCE to Michelangelo’s luminous Pietà in Rome, the Terracotta Warriors in China to Rodin’s The Kiss, Marcel Duchamp’s ready-mades, Olafur Eliasson’s extraordinary Weather Project and Kara Walker’s Fons Americanus, and Tomas Saraceno’s ongoing Aerocene project, as well as examples of Gormley’s own work.

Antony Gormley and Martin Gayford take into account materials and techniques, and consider overarching themes such as light, mortality and our changing world. Above all, they discuss their view of sculpture as a form of physical thinking capable of altering the way people feel, and they invite us to look at sculpture we encounter – and more broadly the world around us – in a completely different way.

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