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The way this evocation of an insect hovers, suspended only at one point to the side, is testimony to Chadwick’s engineering skills. Dragonfly is made up of a network of welded iron rods, suggesting the body’s structure, with the suspended, fish-like elements counterbalanced by its weighted tail. The result is a work that can rotate so that its movement, as much as its form, suggests the predatory prowling of an insect. Such objects established Chadwick as one of the leading international sculptors of the 1950s.

September 2016