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Antony Gormley ‘Aerial’  (2024)

Antony Gormley ‘Aerial’ (2024)


Edited by Michael Green
Editorial assistance by Alex Bennett
Designed by Kellenberger-White
Text by Rachel Corbett
Printed by Robstolk, Netherlands
230 x 170 mm, softback
112 pages, colour illustrations throughout
ISBN 978-1-910844-71-7
Published by White Cube, June 2024
Aerial was published to mark Antony Gormley’s first exhibition at White Cube New York (April – June 2024). Illustrating selected works on view, the publication foregrounds Gormley’s eponymous installation as well as his ‘Big Double Blockworks’ sculptures (all 2023). Together, these works explore two recent developments in Gormley’s practice: physical proximity in mass and scale on the one hand and, on the other, the endeavour to catalyse space almost without mass.

Two visual essays contextualise these twin concerns, comprising a sequence of archive images that trace the progression of Gormley’s examination of mass, scale and space. These visual essays provide a chronology of the artist’s immersive installations and the evolution of his ‘Double Works’ (1987–2022), offering the reader an expanded genealogy of sculpture from past to present. Designed by Kellenberger-White, this small format publication reflects the meticulous construction of the exhibition while chronicling related historical work. An essay by Rachel Corbett shares an associative reading of the exhibition, drawing affinities between Gormley, Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin in a meditation on intimacy, precarity and dependence.

Rachel Corbett is the author of You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin (W.W. Norton), which won the 2016 Marfield Prize, the National Award for Arts Writing. Her essays and journalism have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic and New York Magazine, among other publications. She lives in New York.