Lynn Chadwick: Evolution in Sculpture
Abbot Hall & Blackwell: 28 March - 15 June 2013
Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003) was one of the most important British sculptors of the twentieth century, rising to prominence in the 1950s as part of the ‘New Aspects of British Sculpture’ exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 1952 and winning the International Prize at the Biennale four years later. Having trained as an architect, Chadwick brought an innovative approach to the construction of his sculptures, working with welded metal and stolit (a hard-setting plaster and iron compound) to create dramatic and distinctive forms underpinned by a brilliant sense of design.
The Lakeland Arts Trust is working in close collaboration with the Lynn Chadwick Estate and Osborne Samuel Gallery on a survey show that will be spread across two sites: Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Blackwell, the Arts & Crafts House, where some of Chadwick’s sculptures will be positioned outside against the dramatic backdrop of Windermere and the Lakeland Fells. As such, it will provide a significant opportunity to see key works from all phases of Chadwick’s career, from the earliest abstract mobiles and remarkable human /beast/machine hybrid metal constructions of the 50s and 60s, through to the imposing, monumental figures of the late period.
The sculptures outside at Blackwell will remain in place until 29 September 2013, accompanied by a selection of small works on display inside Blackwell putting them in the context of Chadwick’s career as a whole.