Lynn Chadwick: Evolution in Sculpture, March – 28 - June 15
Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal.
Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere.
Lynn Chadwick Evolution in Sculpture, is the first major solo show of the British sculptor Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003) since 2004 and reaffirms his status as one of the most significant artists in post-war Britain.
Comprising more than 50 works, this exhibition demonstrates the range and quality of Chadwick’s output, from the earliest abstract mobiles and extraordinary hybrid metal constructions of the 1950s and 1960s, through to the imposing, monumental figures of his late period.
Alongside are Chadwick’s drawings and the late David Farrell’s prints and photographs of the artist at work.
On the well-tended lawns of Blackwell a giant steel beast is howling. This beautiful Arts & Crafts house, nestling in the heart of the Lake District and overlooking the majestic Coniston fells, would not be the most obvious location for such an encounter. Yet Lynn Chadwick’s Howling Beast, 1990, whose hard-edged shiny metal shell may appear aggressively urban feels strangely at home here. This is one of a number of sculptures, including three bronzes sited in the gardens of Blackwell – Walking Woman, 1984, Sitting Couple on Bench, 1990 and Stairs, 1991 – that have travelled 200 miles north to Cumbria from the grounds of Lypiatt, the imposing medieval manor in Gloucestershire acquired by Chadwick in 1958. The medieval-influenced Arts & Crafts interiors at Blackwell, the plain white walls of Abbot Hall’s converted Georgian exhibition galleries and the dramatic Lakeland scenery, with its majestic fells sculpted by the elements, provide a unique context for an appreciation of the legacy of one of this country’s most significant sculptors.