Lynn Chadwick: Evolution in Sculpture
Abbot Hall & Blackwell: 28 March - 15 June 2013
The grounds of Blackwell play host to the spectacular sculpture of Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003), one of the leading British sculptors of the twentieth century. Four large scale sculptures are located in the grounds at Blackwell with a display inside the House exploring the artist’s later works and giving context to the outdoor pieces. Following the successful sculptural exhibitions at Blackwell by David Nash (2009) and Laura Ellen Bacon (2012), the Lynn Chadwick exhibition sets visually arresting sculptures against the breathtaking Cumbrian landscape.
Chadwick was a self-taught artist whose skilful designs combined with technical skill created dramatic and distinctive metal sculptures. Although highly respected throughout his career, from his rise to prominence at the 1952 Venice Biennale and his winning of the International Prize for Sculpture there four years later, through to his establishment as a major sculptor on the world stage, Chadwick has not had a retrospective at a public gallery in Britain since his show at the Tate in 2004, the year after his death. The Lakeland Arts Trust is working closely with the Estate of Lynn Chadwick and Osborne Samuel Gallery to secure a number of works from private collections, some of them rarely seen in public before.
The sculptures outside at Blackwell will remain in place until 29 September 2013, accompanied by a selection of small works on display inside Blackwell putting them in the context of Chadwick’s career as a whole.