Edwina Sandys ART
Released: October 6, 2011
ISBN: 9780982379998/ Suggested Retail $75.00
Edwina Sandys has an immense reputation as artist and feminist, and has been working for more than forty years in the arenas of sculpture, painting, collage, drawing and printing. Sandys' art is at once, playful, witty, and profound-her artwork is also deeply poetic and constantly challenging convention. The artistic appeal of Edwina Sandys lies in her diverse subject matter.
From the sacred to the secular, to the most essential questions about politics and society, she has tackled grand ideas with panache, combining the lighthearted and the profound, at once whimsical and mind provoking. Hands are a reoccurring motif in her work, as is a constant return to the diametrical opposites of substance and void. In Adam and Eve, for example, hands are cut out to cover "shameful" body parts, yet the hands don't really exist; instead they are void spaces on silhouettes. Sandys' artistic palette is also refreshingly full of vibrant hues such as cherry-red and apple-green. Her clearly recognizable style uses positive and negative images to powerful effect. Seminal works include The Marriage Bed and Christa, the first representation of Christ as a woman created in 1975 as a bronze statue.
After being on display in numerous churches, Christa was installed at Easter 1984 in New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Sandys is also the granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill. The book is rounded out with wonderful photographs of her life that illustrate her famous ancestry. This book is the first and only collection of her visionary and artistic endeavors spanning over four decades.
Edwina Sandys is primarily known as a painter and sculptor, although her work is wide-ranging in use of media and styles. The media coverage surrounding Christa created a worldwide furor and she experienced the double-edged sword of public debate, as both praise and outrage flooded in. Her work is in the collections of individuals and many public and private institutions including the United Nations, the Brooklyn Museum; Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri (where Winston Churchill gave his historic "Iron Curtain" speech); US Embassy Residence, Dublin, Ireland; Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, NY. Solo Shows since 1971 include: Crane Kalman Gallery, London; Origin Gallery, Dublin; Coe Kerr Gallery, NYC; Egizio's Project, NYC; Museum of Palm Springs, Co; Washington Gallery, DC; Everson Museum of Art; Hofstra University, NY; Rochester Museum, NY; New York Academy of Sciences,; National Museum Women in the Arts, DC; Yaneff Gallery, Toronto; Galleria del'Obelisco, Rome; Masterworks, National Gallery of Bermuda, Ann Norton Sculpture Garden, West Palm Beach, FL, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, FL; Chelsea Art Museum, New York. Permanent collections include: Tate Gallery, Brooklyn Museum, Ronald Reagan Library. Edwina Sandys was born and raised in London but has been living in New York City for about twenty years. She also has a home in Hudson, NY and is a frequent visitor to Palm Beach, FL, where she previously had a home. Caroline Seebohm is a prolific author and writer on art and design. Anthony-Haden Guest, author, is a frequent contributor to major magazines such as Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Paris Review, Sunday Times, and Radar.
Sir Roland Penrose is the Surrealist painter and influential art critic (1900-1984) best-known for his exhibitions and books on the work of his friends Picasso, Ernst, Miró, Man Ray, and Tàpies.
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