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D'Arcy Thompson's On Growth and Form (No. 70)

D'Arcy Thompson's On Growth and Form (No. 70)

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On Growth and Form, written in 1917 by the biologist D'Arcy Thompson, is a poetic and mathematical study of scale, gravity, order and process within developing beings. It is a book that has lodged itself within the consciousness of twentieth-century sculpture: Henry Moore turned to Thompson's work while studying in Leeds in 1919, and Richard Hamilton took the title for his 1951 landmark exhibition at London's Institute of Contemporary Art.

In this issue

Professor Martin Kemp (Emeritus Research Professor in the History of Arts at Oxford University) and Lisa Le Feuvre (Head of Sculpture Studies at the Henry Moore Institute) discuss the enduring interest On Growth and Form has for artists. With the additional essays:

A Sketch of the Universe – D’Arcy Thompson’s On Growth and Form
Matthew Jarron (Curator, University of Dundee Museum Collections)

The Growth and Form of Artistic Responses to D'Arcy Thompson
Martin Hammer (Professor of History and Philosophy of Art, University of Kent)

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