Lynn Chadwick

25th September - 15 November 2007


opening: Monday 24th September 2007, 9pm.

Almost fifty years have passed since English sculptor Lynn Chadwick made his first appearance in Milan, at Galleria Blu  which has been promoting his works on the Italian market exclusively for years, now. In fact , his works were included in one of the first international exhibitions of the gallery that Peppino Palazzoli had opened one year before. The exhibition "Four English Artists: Armitage, Chadwick, Moore, Sutherland” was a success and Chadwick was particularly appreciated so he returned again to Galleria Blu, first with Kenneth Armitage (1963) and then with his own one-man exhibitions (1968, 1972, 1986, 1992, 1997). He died on the 25th April 2003 and that same year, in October, Galleria Blu dedicated to him the first posthumous exhibition outside the UK.

From September 24th, a new exhibition brings this great  English artist in Milan again, with fifteen plastic works of different sizes (from the smallest one -28cm height, to the biggest one-100cm height) made between 1972 and 1990.
The interest about the artist has been increasing since he died, few years ago. Between 2006 and 2007 his reputation increased  50% and the auction awards show that international collectors are paying  special attention to his works. One of  the best results was Sotheby’s auction, last November in New York, where two big sculptures were sold US $ 1.864.000 (Couple on a seat, 1984, 226cm h.) and US $ 1.472.000 (Pair of walking figures – Jubilee, 1977, 198cm h.).

Chadwick was born in London in 1914 and he was internationally consecrated in 1956, when Venice’s Biennale awarded him the International Award for Sculpture. He had begun his activity in the 1940s by making art works that were able to move in the space, not through pressure waves (as in Calder’s “mobiles”) but through a prearranged and quick motion, like that  of  an insect or a jet plane.
From 1952 onwards, he directed his attention to the plastic movement developing around the human figure, which corresponds to a clear architectural structure.
Anyway, he keeps his interest in –and search for- motion which is shown in the representation of figures in the wind or figures seen while climbing stairs.

Each work is planned as a sort of three-dimensional drawing made of iron “armours” intended as supports for each level. The sculpture has an articulated surface on which architecture’s rigour never changes into a compositional stiffness or cold plasticity. This is the very original creative process that let Chadwick reach the standard levels of high quality where space search is integrated in shape search, which has an original narrative value.

The worldwide interest aroused by Chadwick’s sculpture is well proved by the presence of his works in museums and prestigious collections, such as Tate Gallery and Victoria&Albert Museum in London, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Museum of Modern Art in New York and -as for Italy- Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome and Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Venice.