‘Light Sculptor’ Anthony James Gets First UK Solo Show at Opera Gallery

Anthony James at Opera Gallery

Internationally acclaimed British born, LA-based artist Anthony James first gained recognition when he debuted his Birch Series in New York City in 2005. James is best known for his popular Icosahedrons – geometric globes of twenty identical triangular facets – a mathematical experiment in unity used by Plato to demonstrate an ideal system for perfect symmetry in three dimensions.

At his Opera Gallery solo show in February, Anthony James will create new LED vitrine works in atypical shapes including a bright nickel Octahedron, a solar black Dodecagon, a 2 ½ metre high Crystal, a Triacontahedron which will be displayed alongside his popular Icosahedrons and wall portals.


Opera Gallery London director Federica Beretta said: “We are thrilled to kick off 2020 with Opera Gallery’s first solo show for Anthony James and to showcase a brand new selection of works that have been specially created for this exhibition. Anthony James’ light sculptures are reminiscent of a moment in time and space, as if you’re looking at the sky through the artist’s telescope – an exploration you cannot resist.”

Anthony James, Birches

Anthony James’ sculptures are described as ‘mesmerising and energetic, forcing you to move round them, exploring the cosmos that his artwork encapsulates, and to look deep inside the cases of harmony and symmetry’. To the viewer looking into the works, the straight lines often become curved before disappearing into black holes. In a 21st Century gallery space, the glass, steel, and LED structures bring a rigid and gleaming tangibility to the abstraction of the numerical calculation of flawless coherence.

Anthony James, Wall Portal

One of the UK’s most in-demand contemporary artists, Anthony James is best known for shocking the world when he set fire to a Ferrari in a birch forest before entombing the ravaged car in Kalos Thanatos (2008). His obsession with speed and mechanisation has led him to work alongside engineers. James has found a new sense of purpose through his art, inspired by mythology, Greek history as well as the historical cosmology of Plato.

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The wrecked car inside the mirrored glass box with birch tree trunks was an ode to the ancient Greeks who burned sacrifices to Aphrodite in birth forests. It was also a reflection of James’ life during 2001 to 2006 and his response to 9/11 as well as the crash of the stock market which he described as, “the destruction of our greatest things”.

Anthony James, Icosahedron

Born in 1974, Anthony James is a British-born, LA based multi-media artist. He studied at Central St. Martins School of Art in London. He has exhibited at Patrick Painter, Los Angeles, Gavlak, Kantor/Feuer, Marc Selwyn, Los Angeles, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, The New Museum, New York, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York and Thread Waxing Space, New York. Anthony James’ first monograph, Morphic Fields, was published by Hatje Cantz in 2014. His works have been exhibited internationally, including at Art Basel (2010) in Basel and Miami Beach. They are also part of private and public collections, such as the General Motors Building, New York, and the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art. Anthony James is also co-founder of There-there Gallery in Hollywood with Lauri Firstenberg, whose mission is to produce exhibitions, films, and editions in order to promote ongoing collaborations with local and international artists.

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Opera Gallery

Founded by Gilles Dyan in 1994, Opera Gallery is one of the leading international dealers and representatives of Modern and Contemporary Art. Opera Gallery is established worldwide with galleries in locations including London, New York, Miami, Aspen, Paris, Monaco, Geneva, Zurich, Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Beirut and Dubai. Opera Gallery offers museums, foundations and private international art collectors’ unique access to a diversity of Modern and Contemporary artists through an exciting programme of curated exhibitions and high-profile art fairs.


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