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First Contemporary Sculpture Acquisition for Dulwich Picture Gallery

LONDON.- Dulwich Picture Gallery will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2011 with its first ever acquisition of a piece of contemporary sculpture, purchased and presented to the gallery by the Art Fund in honour of Dulwich’s bicentenary. The work, called Walking the Dog I, II,III, is by leading British sculptor Peter Randall-Page, who is currently enjoying rave reviews for his exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Inspired by the Gallery’s famous building and its three founders, it is the first sculpture to be included in the permanent collection. Randall-Page (b. 1954) was first introduced to the Gallery, through mutual friends. Ian Dejardin, the Gallery’s Director, was quick to follow up, having been an enthusiastic admirer of the sculptor’s work for several year. “I had a private list of sculptors whose work I dreamed of one da