29.07.21 - Phillip King CBE PPRA, 1934 - 2021
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Phillip King, one of the most ground-breaking British artists of the last 70 years.
Phillip died peacefully with his wife Judy at his side.
We were blessed to have worked with Phillip in the last eight years of his life, during which time he re-taught us that art and sculpture-making should know no rules or limitations. His curiosity, joy, and sparkle were boundless and contagious, and we will miss him dearly.
Phillip was born in Tunis in 1934 to a French mother and English father. In 1945 he moved to London and went on to study modern languages at the University of Cambridge. He eventually enrolled at St Martin’s School of Art where he met Anthony Caro and the New Generation group of artists, who would go on to completely revolutionise sculpture from the 1960s onwards.
A real free-spirit and risk-taker, Phillip worked tirelessly throughout his life experimenting with materials, forms and colours, seldom repeating himself, as he moved from periods of working in steel, ceramic, polyurethane, found objects as well as bronze and stone. He would rarely make preparatory drawings, rather referring to shapes and colours that would appear to him in dreams. He was a modest man, entirely committed to his rigorous exploration, rarely missing a day in the studio right up to the end of his life.
Phillip loved to be surrounded by younger artists and loved to teach, taking up professorships in the UK, Europe and the US. In 1967 he was appointed a trustee of Tate, and from 1999 to 2004 he was President of the Royal Academy of Arts.
His works are installed in public spaces around the world, from Australia and Japan to Scandinavia, China and the US, and are represented in some of the most important museum collections including Tate, Pompidou and MoMA. His final major public project, La Ronde de Rennes, will be unveiled later this year in the French city of Rennes.
06.10.2020 - Thomas Dane Gallery: Frieze Viewing Room
Frieze Viewing Room
At the Fair
Thomas Dane Gallery
Featuring works by: Hurvin Anderson, Cecily Brown, Alexandre da Cunha, Anthea Hamilton, Phillip King, Michael Landy, Bob Law and Caragh Thuring.
Preview: 7-8 October 2020
Public access: 9-16 October 2020
17.06.2020 - Thomas Dane Gallery: Art Basel Online Viewing Room
Art Basel Online Viewing Room
Outdoor Sculptures & Commissions
Thomas Dane Gallery presents work by artists who are challenging the meaning and emphasis of producing sculpture in the public realm.
Featuring works by: Lynda Benglis, Walead Beshty, Alexandre da Cunha, Anya Gallaccio, Anthea Hamilton, Arturo Herrera, Phillip King and Jean-Luc Moulène.
Preview: 17 June, 1pm CET through 19 June, 1pm CET
Public Days: 19-26 June 2020
27.06.2019 - Phillip King: New public sculpture commission for Guangzhou, China
Phillip King: New public sculpture commission for Guangzhou, China
A new public sculpture commission by Phillip King will be unveiled on the West Square of Taikoo Hui in Guangzhou, China. The work, named after celebrated biologist Charles Darwin who attended the same college at Cambridge as King, will be the artist’s second permanent public sculpture installed in China.
Opening: Thursday, 27 June, 2pm
West Square, Taikoo Hui Guangzhou
27.03.2019 - Thomas Dane Gallery at Art Basel Hong Kong
Art Basel Hong Kong - Stand: 1C02
Featuring works by: Hurvin Anderson, Lynda Benglis, Anya Gallaccio, John Gerrard, Arturo Herrera, Phillip King, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Bob Law, Glenn Ligon, Jean-Luc Moulène, Xie Nanxing, Albert Oehlen and Akram Zaatari.
Preview: 27-28 March
Public days: 29-31 March
17.09.2018 - Alexandre da Cunha and Phillip King: Duologue at Royal Society of Sculptors, London
Alexandre da Cunha and Phillip King
Royal Society of Sculptors, London
27 September - 2 December, 2018
Private view: 26 September, 6:30-8:30pm
Prior to the opening of the exhibition, Alexandre da Cunha and Phillip King will share a week of practical exchange at the Royal Society of Sculptors' studio space. Both artists will bring objects, materials and equipment, and between them explore the process of making. For the opening of the exhibition the studio space will be left as it is, with the remnants of the exchange on view.
In addition, a substantial group of smaller table-based works and maquettes by both artists will be on display illustrating the artists' diverse approach to object making. On the Sculpture Terrace, da Cunha will exhibit a new monumental outdoor work.
Alexandre da Cunha and Phillip King in conversation with Jenni Lomax
9 October, 6:30-7:30 pm
The artists will also be in conversation with Jenni Lomax, discussing how the collaboration opened up a dialogue about their work and between their individual practices.
Phillip King an Outdoor Exhibition of Sculpture
At Masterpiece London on display at Ranelagh Gardens, Chelsea, and open throughout the summer