Exhibition of the week: Michael Kenny: Spirit And Matter, Quest Gallery, Bath

 

Simon Tait
Thursday 10 May 2012 16:28
Comments
'Right Thinking', 1990, Michael Kenny
'Right Thinking', 1990, Michael Kenny

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

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in