Michael Sandle

Fischer Fine Art

Though a selection of bronzes and a gallery of watercolors is a modest enough offering from Michael Sandle, a man sometimes regarded as the most ambitious British sculptor of his generation, it nevertheless provides a progress report on his activities during a voluntary exile which has already lasted ten years. In the 60s, A. Alvarez’s essay on the “gentility principle” in English poetry was hotly debated. We could never produce a John Berryman or a Robert Lowell, he argued, because good manners got in the way. Perhaps the same was true of sculpture; New Generation politesse proved no defense against American Minimalism. Reacting against “gentility,” Sandle fled, first to Canada, then to Germany, where he has remained a provocative outsider. His move to Germany and his involvement in the intellectual debates of German cultural history is not accidental; the extremities of 19th century

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