Vincent van Gogh, The Chair with the Pipe (1888). National Gallery, London
Anthony Padgett, a sculptor from Lancashire, has recently made several van Gogh busts with still lifes on pedestals for the places where the artist worked - in the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and France. And only in Brixton the pipe, the razor and the revolver were considered problematic.
In informal conversations with officials, the author was not threatened with a revocation of the permission to install, but gently hinted that it would be better if he removed these things. Padgett assessed the risks and redid the sculpture, and the district council approved its installation for the next 15 years.
“The Hackford Road district is beautiful, but the pipe, the razor and the pistol can be a problem where there is a high crime rate,” said the author himself. “Concerns about these items show the strength they still have, and help convey the reality of the suffering that Van Gogh experienced.”British artist Anthony Padgett with a sculptural portrait of Vincent van Gogh. Source: The Art Newspaper Creating the sculpture, Anthony Padgett carefully studied 35 self-portraits of Van Gogh and two photographs of the young post-impressionist, as well as several of his portraits by other artists, in particular, Henri de Toulouse-Lotrek and John Russell. Along with this, Padgett wrote a series of paintings inspired by the works of Van Gogh, and also shot a performance based on Sunflowers and the artist’s history in a mental hospital. At the same time, the author himself warns that the short film “may not be to everyone’s taste.” Arthiv: read us in Telegram and see on Instagram
Based on The Art Newspaper. Main illustration: a fragment of the original design by Anthony Padgett for the monument to Vincent van Gogh