The Sladmore Gallery and St. James’s London have collaborated to curate this unique exhibition, A Microcosm of Sculpture.
A microcosm is a community, place, or situation regarded as encapsulating in miniature the characteristics of something much larger. This exhibition echoes the diverse contrasts within the microcosm that is St. James’s – traditional and modern, national and international, a close-knit connected space of businesses, artisans and residents rooted in our district but who also have dynamic connections out beyond our borders and community.
The sculptures in this exhibition are both antique and contemporary, including rare works by early twentieth century French masters alongside contemporary British sculptors working today. St. James’s is renowned for being an area where tradition meets contemporary innovation, and these pieces echo this, showing the evolution and dynamism of sculpture over a period of nearly 200 years. The exhibition includes Antoine-Louis Barye’s incredible, realistic Lion and Serpent, which was first shown in Paris in 1832 and you can see another cast in the Tuileries Gardens in Paris. From our contemporary artists Nic Fiddian-Green, Mark Coreth and Charlie Langton, there are a series of domestic scale horse sculptures which relate to monumental works on display at Ascot Racecourse.