Three Male Sculptors: Rodin (1840-1917), Brancusi (1876-1957) and Moore (1898-1986)
Sculpture by definition occupies space - inner space - much like a building occupies outer space. What one does not often see is the process of the making of this inner space.
Waddington Custot is showing vintage photographs, taken or commissioned by the sculptors themselves, of their work in progress: the making of this inner space.
There is also video of the most contemporaneous sculptor, Henry Moore, at work. Thus we see the artist choosing the block of Roman Travertine he will later sculpt into the majestic female form that will be placed outside the UNESCO HQ in Paris. Constantin Brancusi is shown blithely breaking all the laws of photography to brilliant effect. Auguste Rodin, since early photography was in the hands of professionals, commissioned Eugene Druet and Pierre Choumoff among others to take his studio shots and there is one which is such a symphony of exposure that it resembles an incised relief (sold . . . sold . . . ).
You'll also have the treat of seeing the gallery, always beautifully lit, bathed in additional daylight, the building opposite having just come down as Cork Street undergoes some rebuilding. But hurry, the exhibition ends on Saturday.
Waddington Custot Galleries
Through the Sculptor's Lensin association with David Grob
11 Cork Street, London W1
Saturday 10am to 1.30pm