The Easel

Antony Gormley: why sculpture is far superior to painting

What came first, sculpture or language? Gormley, a sculptor, suggests sculpture, because “touch and recognition” are central to human nature. Gormley then mounts a bigger claim – sculpture, “a form of physical thinking … is the pre-eminent art. Sculpture asks the world to stand aside and give it a place, whereas painting … [is] weak; it needs a stretcher, a wall, a building — it needs shelter.” A video is here.