Exhibition of the week: Michael Kenny: Spirit And Matter, Quest Gallery, Bath
Saturday 12 May 2012
On Michael Kenny's gravestone in Highgate Cemetery is the title of one of his sculptures, More Loved Than Known. The legend has been prophetic.
He has a passionate following among the thousands of students he taught, who include Antony Gormley and Damien Hirst, and though his pieces are in the Tate, the British Museum and the V&A, since Kenny died in 1999 there has not been an exhibition of his work.
This discreet retrospective (none of his monolithic stone pieces) is a reminder of how influential he was before his death at 58.
It is an exposition largely of his last decade's work, mostly through 60 large drawings. He believed in drawing as a start to a process in which he was examining form, human and geometric.
The works on paper explore how form and symbolism can work together to create a narrative. The exhibition is a timely reminder of a once vigorous voice in art that has been silent for too long.
(01225 444142; questgallery.co.uk) to 16 Jun
Arts & Ents blogs
Dennis Hopper's lost sixties photo album found
Top Gear makes Saudis look liberal, Kirsty Wark tells Independent Bath Literature Festival
Liam Neeson turned down James Bond role because late wife Natasha Richardson said she wouldn't marry him if he took it
Jenny Collier row: Comedy promoter apologises after dropping female comic 'because venue did not want too many women on the bill'
Lena Dunham strips naked for Girls spoof while hosting Saturday Night Live
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Vince Cable: Teachers 'know absolutely nothing' about the world of work
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
- 1 International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
- 2 Australian man Rod Sommerville reacts to bite from deadly snake by reaching for cold beer
- 3 Kim Jong-un wins 100% of the vote in North Korean elections
- 4 David Cameron resorts to paying for Facebook fans because not enough people like him
- 5 Steve Irwin’s final words: Cameraman present at death opens up about deadly stingray attack for the first time