Anthony James - 40 x 96" Freestanding Birch Rectangle

Anthony James (b. 1974)
40 x 96" Freestanding Birch Rectangle, 2019
Stainless Steel, Specialised Glass, LED Lights, Birch Trees
243,8 x 101,6 x 101,6 Cm ( 96x40x40 In)

Anthony James was born in 1974 and is a British-American artist based in Los Angeles, known for his monumental installations and sculptures. He studied in London at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design from 1994 to 1998. His work gestures towards minimalism, materiality, process, alchemy, language, mechanization and experimentation with light and space.

Anthony James has exhibited in several international museums. His first monograph, 'Morphic fields', was published by Hatje Cantz in 2014. His work has recently been exhibited at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, USA, 'Crystals in Art, ancient and today' (October 2019 - January 2020), curated by Joachim Pissarro and Lauren Hayes. In addition to this, his work has been a part of the Palm Springs Art Museum collection, IJSA. His first monograph, 'Morphic fields t , was published by Hatje Cantz in 2014. In 2020, he was selected to be part of the Mayfair Sculpture Trail, with his 97 inches high Crystal piece displayed in Old Bond Street.

40 x 96" Freestanding Birch Rectangle is part of Anthony James's Birch series of sculptures, which debuted in New York City in 2005. Birch consists of several variously sized, freestanding and wall-mounted, internally illuminated, steel and glass vitrines with birch tree trunks inside. The birch tree is associated with magical symbolism. Many anthropologists consider it to be a possible agent of the transformation of human consciousness. The birch tree is also associated with birth and rebirth". The works have mirrored sides, which give the illusion of endless birch forests.

These artworks also reference the containment and simulation of nature. The sculpture is presented by Opera Gallery, which had its inception in 1994 with two simultaneous exhibitions; one in Paris and the other in Singapore. Their aim has always been to show international emerging artists alongside masters of contemporary and modern art. Over the years Opera Gallery has expanded to include eleven further spaces in prime locations around the world: in New York, Miami, Miami Bal Harbour, Aspen, London, Monaco, Geneva, Dubai, Beirut, Hong Kong and Seoul. They work with the utmost integrity and dedication to provide unique access to an incredible selection of Modern and Contemporary artists to museums, foundations and private art collectors through an exciting program of exhibitions.

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