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Kenneth Armitage sculptures

Kenneth Armitage 1916 - 2002 Centenary sculpture exhibition


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This retrospective marks the centenary of the birth of Kenneth Armitage (1916-2002), who was Head of Sculpture at Bath Academy of Art. On moving to the area he aspired to carve in Bath stone, however on seeing Brunel's engineering achievements he decided to work in metal.

He became one of the new generation of sculptors whose work responded to the anxieties of the arms race and the Cold War; at the 1952 Venice Biennale they were famously dubbed the 'Geometry of Fear' school. But Armitage never lost his sense of wonder at living things and their underlying structures, as is evident from the bronzes, plaster maquettes and drawings in this exhibition.