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At Di Donna Galleries, The Life of Forms (until 14 December) makes sculpture come to life—at least in theory. Featuring work by diverse artists ranging from Ruth Asawa and Barbara Hepworth to Jean Arp and Isamu Noguchi, the exhibition looks at how these Modernist masters sought to translate the dynamic life forces of nature into static sculptural objects in various ways. The taught, sinewy lines of Alexander Calder’s kinetic sculptures pose an interesting counterpart to the amoebic blobs of someone like Henry Moore, but it is the visceral corporeality of works like Louise Bourgeois’s fragmented body party that really make one feel alive. The presentation itself also adds some drama and life: the works sit on organic, amoeba-like beds of white pebbles that snake through the gallery, and the focussed lighting casts long shadows on the dark grey walls.

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