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Artwork by Antony at The Hammer

Sing to Me, Artwork by Antony
Sing to Me, Artwork by Antony

Artwork by musician and artist Antony (fullname, Antony Hegarty) of Antony and the Johnsons will be on display at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. The show will be Antony’s first one-person museum exhibition in the US and will feature collages and drawings made from the late 1990s to 2011, some of which were recently published in Swanlights, a book accompanying the 2010 Antony and the Johnsons album.

The museum says:

Over the past 20 years, Antony has developed an esoteric and diverse body of work that includes not only his critically acclaimed music and elaborate performances but also his lesser-known work in collage, drawing, and sculpture.  Antony’s work emerges from a set of rituals such as washing and burning paper or engaging in repetitive mark-making as well as cutting, tearing, and sewing found images. Antony’s growing visual vocabulary reflects his ideas about the power of human intuition, the sacredness of nature, transgenderism, and the revolutionary potential of the feminine.

The exhibition, which will take place at The Hammer Museum’s Vault Gallery, opens January 22, 2012 and runs through May 13, 2012.

Black Sigh Derby, Artwork by Antony
Black Sigh Derby, Artwork by Antony

Also, on January 26, 2012, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York has commissioned Antony and the Johnsons to perform a large-scale concert and performance event, Swanlights, at Radio City Music Hall. According to MoMA, Swanlights will feature a 60-piece orchestra and “the performance piece is conceived as a new commission especially developed for the January 26 performance, and an evolution of the highly acclaimed The Crying Light, which was presented at the Manchester Opera House for the 2009 Manchester International Festival.” The performance will  include songs from all four of Antony and the Johnsons’ albums (self-titled, I Am a Bird Now, The Crying Light, and Swanlights), set to symphonic arrangements by Nico Muhly, Rob Moose, and Maxim Moston. It is produced in collaboration with light artist Chris Levine, lighting designer Paul Normandale, and set designer Carl Robertshaw. The show is said to be “Envisioned as a meditation on light, nature, and femininity.”

For more information about Antony and the Johnsons visit: http://www.antonyandthejohnsons.com/

Related blog posts:

The Cut, Artwork by Antony (June 8, 2013)

 Antony and the Johnsons to Release Swanlights Album and Art Book (September 12, 2010)

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