Grinling Gibbons Tercentenary 2021

May 17 2021

Video: St James's Church Piccadilly

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Grinling Gibbons Society are putting on a whole host of events later this year to celebrate the Tercentenary of the death of  the virtuoso woodcarver Grinling Gibbons (1648-1721). The highpoint of their set of talks, outings and workshops will be an exhibition held at Bonhams in New Bond Street, London, which will kickstart the festival on 3rd August 2021 and run till 27th August. For those unable to see the exhibition in London, it will then move to Compton Verney in Warwickshire, where it will be on display from September through to February 2022.

According to the press release from Bonhams:

Centuries in the Making will explore the influences that shaped Gibbons' vision, skills and technique and the stylistic and cultural influences he brought to this country. Works are being assembled from national museums, regional collections, historic houses and some international lenders, and combined with contemporary artworks. Through sculpture and carving in wood and stone, drawings and sketches, portraits and documents, 'Centuries in the Making' will bring a new perspective to Gibbons and his legacy. The exhibition will also examine how Gibbons' bold new direction changed the direction of British carving, sculpture and interiors, and how his extraordinary creative output inspired both his contemporaries and makers across the succeeding 300 years. The influence of Gibbons will be traced to the present day, with works by contemporary artists and designers, and specially created artworks by talented emerging carvers.

The video above examines Gibbons's work at St James's Church in Piccadilly, London, and was made in association with the society.

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