Heavy Artillery: At 83, Malcolm Morley Is Still Doing Battle

Malcolm Morleym Napoleon Crossing the Alps with Cannon Sperone Westwater

Malcolm Morley, Napoleon Crossing the Alps With Cannon, 2014.


“I never look back,” the legendary 83-year-old British ex-pat artist Malcolm Morley said Thursday. Morley—who at different points in his distinguished career has been at the forefront of movements like Photorealism and Neo-Expressionism—was speaking to me on the afternoon of his opening at Sperone Westwater, his fifth solo exhibition for the gallery.

We sat down on folding chairs and talked inside of a room that houses a striking new mixed-media installation called Napoleon Crossing the Alps with Cannon (2014). The work remakes Jacques-Louis David’s painting of Napoleon galloping on a horse (which includes a great painted faux-wood frame) and tethers it to a handmade cannon via what the artist calls “a very physical rope.” Adjacent to all of this is a stack of cannonballs

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