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Monks from China’s Shaolin Temple stand perched on tall wooden boxes. Swaying from side to side, they rock the crates until they fall, leaping free at the last moment. Famous for their warrior skills, in Sutra the monks are both movers and pieces in a puzzle, setting up patterns or standing inside the boxes as they fall like dominoes.

The Angel of the North came down... well, not yet

The unveiling of the controversial Gateshead angel, a 65ft sculpture by Antony Gormley, is to be delayed again after the latest in a series of setbacks which could push the cost of the project above pounds 1m.

The art of noise

In 1988, Damien Hirst organised an exhibition of young artists in Docklands. It's been a riot ever since. But is the Great British art party coming to an end? By Mel Gooding. Photographs by Gautier Deblonde

Letter: Acclaimed body of work behind Kelly's cadaverous casts

Sir: David Cohen ("The Bodies in Question", 11 April) is right to be sceptical about the use of human body parts by the sculptor Anthony-Noel Kelly, but I think his blanket dismissal of the use of casts of "found objects" is unjustified.

VISUAL ARTS: ACE! Hayward Gallery

ACE! Hayward Gallery, London (0171-960 4208) to 1 Dec. Then touring to Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, Mappin Gallery, Sheffield, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, and Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast.

Gateshead Angel wins cash award

The Angel of the North - "a monument to the stupidity of Gateshead council" as one councillor put it - will today be awarded pounds 5,000 for helping to regenerate the town.

Nuisance caller: can I cash in on your statue?

"Hello, Antony Gormley speaking." "Hello, I'm phoning to find out whether you might be interested in some support I'd like to give to your giant steel angel project. I've read all about it."

What does winning mean?

Howard Hodgkin, painter. Winner 1985

Metro Choice: Eyes on the prize

Antony Gormley's sculpture, 'Testing a world view' (above), with his characteristic body-casts, is among the work by this year's Turner Prize short-listed artists that goes on show at the Tate Gallery next Wednesday.

ART / In the Studio: A voyage to Lilliput: Iain Gale on Antony Gormley's arresting body casts, and his conception of art as a healing force

In the high white space of his Peckham studio, Antony Gormley's metal men contemplate their creator. The artist, passing between them, merges into his work. It's hardly surprising: for 14 years Gormley has made his own body almost the sole subject. Having been wrapped in plaster-soaked cloth, he is cut from the dried mould which is then re-assembled and covered with a welded lead skin. It's not portraiture, but an attempt to address Everyman in the language of his own form.

Contemporary Art Market: Sculptor casts himself in star role

ANTONY GORMLEY, one of the most brilliant British sculptors to make a name for himself in the 1980s, is having his first commercial show in London since 1983. His return highlights the new electricity in the London contemporary scene.

REVIEW / Fine figures of a man: Tom Lubbock on Antony Gormley at the Tate Gallery, Liverpool and Richard Wentworth at the Serpentine Gallery, London

Antony Gormley is a fine figure of a man, and that's probably just as well. He's generally credited with re- vitalising the human body as a subject for sculpture. But - at least until quite recently - it's always been his human body that provided the basis of the work. A typical figure is derived from a cast taken from his own naked person. It's not a nooks- and-crannies body-cast though - more like a body-case, slightly expanded from actual size, slightly generalised, and bearing visible seam marks where the sections have been welded together. This humanoid creation is Gormley Man.
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