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Chadwick's Place in Art History
Art Historian Dr Alan Ford is inviting art enthusiasts to discover the significance of international sculptor Lynn Chadwick in the context of British and world sculpture.
By uncovering facts about the life and work of Chadwick, who lived and worked in the Stroud valleys, Dr Ford will illustrate how the artist fits into the complexities of modern art.
Many associate Chadwick's earlier works with "the geometry of fear" - a phrase used by the late art critic Sir Herbert Read, and disowned by Chadwick, to describe the work of emerging British sculptors including Chadwick, Eduardo Paolozzi, Kenneth Armitage and Reg Butler.
"He was of the generation after Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore - a younger generation who, unlike their great predecessors, constructed rather than carved their work. He won the International Prize for Sculpture at the 1956 Venice Biennale after only six years as a professional artist, arriving like a meteor from the blue. If you like he was the first YBA (Young British Artist) before they and their name were invented," explains Dr Ford.
"Yet, in only two more years Pop Art had hit the headlines and the art world changed from modernism's intensities to postmodernism's playfulness and his star seemed to wane. However this great modernist continued to work in his own individual way, continuing to sell well, chiefly abroad, and is still selling steadily after his death: and still a force to be reckoned with."
Dr. Ford will give valuable insights into Chadwick's extensive repertoire of works, represented in public art collections across Britain, North and South America, Europe and Japan, including Chadwick's journey from trainee draughtsman, who worked in several architects' offices in the '30's, to become a great sculptor of international prestige.
Dr Ford's talk, hosted by Gallery Pangolin, takes place on Tuesday, July 1, 7.30pm at the Museum in the Park, where a unique month-long exhibition, entitled The Maker's Studio, gives the public a rare chance to see how this great sculptor worked in his Gloucestershire workshop.
To book tickets call Stroud Tourist Information Centre on 01453 760900.
Animation in Stroud
Did you know that Stroud was home to a famous animation studio? It is a story that was left untold, until now.
Tales of Nonsense...
To coincide with the ‘Tales of Nonsense' 2016 Cheltenham Illustration Awards exhibition at the Museum in the Park, a pop up Illustrators' Fair is set to be staged on Saturday 4th March.
Preliminary Design for Stratford Park Leisure Centre
One highlight from our recent acquisitions case is a 1971 booklet showing an artist's impression of the main hall.
Inspired Tales - Storytelling Workshop For Adults
Celebrate this year's National Storytelling Week and try the storyteller's craft for yourself in a Sunday workshop at Stroud's Museum in the Park on 5 February.
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