Category: Sculpture

Calendar. 05.15.13.

Gemini capsule petroglyph by Kevin Sudeith
A petroglyph of the Gemini Capsule, by Kevin Sudeith. Part of the artist’s solo exhibit, Modern Petroglyphs, at 308@156 Project Artspace. Opens Thursday at 7pm, in the Flatiron District. (Image courtesy of the artist. Plus: see my WNYC profile of Sudeith from last year.)

Photo Diary: Teach-In at Cypress College Art Gallery.

Nationwide Museum Mascot Project
Costumes worn by the Nationwide Museum Mascot Project (more about them here). I really dug these as pieces of sculpture.

Nationwide Museum Mascot Project
A photo shows the SFMOMA mascot working the museum’s lobby.

Nationwide Museum Mascot Project
With that crafty basket head and those plaid paints, the MoMA mascot was the design antithesis of its staidly modern namesake. (And way freakier than the museum’s Martin Kippenberger.) Would pay cash money to see this one wandering around the museum’s architecture gallery.

Nationwide Mascot Project's MOCA mascot.
The MOCA mascot. The cardboard sign is a nice touch.

Marshall Astor
Plus: Marshall Astor’s Portrait of An Eye. The circle of videos was strangely absorbing (especially the ape playing the drums).

Okay, so I’m embarrassingly late to this exhibit. Unfortunately, it already closed. But if you live in the vicinity of northern Orange County, Cypress College Art Gallery has a student show opening on May 9.

Calendar. 04.10.13.

Michael Ballou at the Brooklyn Museum
A work in progress by Michael Ballou. Part of the artist’s solo exhibit Raw/Cooked: Michael Ballou, at the Brooklyn Museum. Opens Friday. (Photo by Pierce Jackson.)

Miscellany. 03.24.13.

Gravity and Grace, 2010, by El Anatsui
Gravity and Grace, 2010, by El Anatsui. Currently on view as part of the artist’s solo exhibit Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui, at the Brooklyn Museum through August 4. (Image courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery. Photo by Andrew McAllister.)

Miscellany. 11.05.12.

Iar II, a wood sculpture by Joaquin Ortega, in collaboration with Nayra Pérez Pimienta.(Image courtesy of Ortega.)

  • Deep thoughts from a 15-year-old about why museums suck: “The Getty has art of naked people all over the place; naked people on horses, naked men wearing helmets, naked women on rocks, a naked woman with a piece of cloth across her lap—they were pretty graphic sculptures. I don’t get it, why would a naked man wear a protective helmet when he should be protecting something more important?” (@ranjit.)
  • The best way to look at art: alone
  • …on a treadmill.
  • How Trevor Paglen turns government secrets into art, in the New Yorker. (Subscription required.)
  • Recreating Google Street View.
  • How Contemporary Art Lost Its Glamour.”
  • “Good critics are expensive. I am expensive. Academics work for free to get tenure, and, since they are worried about the approval of their colleagues, they are fearful of making value judgments. Also, most of my peers and contemporaries learned how to write magazine journalism. We know how to do a transition, we know how to do a lead, we know what a hook is, and we’re literate. Most critics today come out of art academia, where they don’t even understand the future-imperfect tense.” — Dave Hickey, in an intriguing-interesting, all kinds of rambly Q&A about the good ‘ol days, when the art world was a super-great Wild West run by 12 white guys.
  • Ai Weiwei makes a Gangnam Style parody. Chinese censors block it.
  • Nice round-up of the arts scene in Santiago, Chile.
  • The sad-amazing story of Monarch Bear, the bear on California’s flag.
  • On Tina Brown, Robert Hughes and the end of Newsweek in print: an interesting essay by former Time mag editor Jim Kelly.
  • How Anthony Bourdain has left “a crude hickey on this country’s food culture.”
  • Junot Diaz, on his sci-fi influences and young girls who battle skyscraper-sized monsters.
  • Speaking of sci-fi: how microbes can manipulate your mind.
  • The Sound of Earth, a spherical vinyl record.

Congrats to Dan from Vancouver for winning the LP Guide giveaway!


Photo Diary: Saint James and the Inca.

After a couple of weeks back in the U.S., I’m still trying to shift my brain from the Andes back to California. But one of the many pieces of art that keeps occupying space at the top of my brain is the above sculpture of Saint James, at the Casa Garcilaso in Cuzco. The saint, one of the Twelve Apostles, is frequently depicted slaying a Moor. (Though he was beheaded in Jerusalem in AD 44, legend has it that Saint James appeared to fight on the side of the Christians in a Christians-versus-Moors face-off in Spain exactly 800 years later — hence the image.)

But in the sculpture above, Saint James (Santiago, in Spanish) is shown slaying an Inca. The piece above is a replica of a sculpture from a church in the Apurimac region, which lies west of Cuzco. Unfortunately, the wall text provided little in the way of specifics — such as a date when it may have been made or if this was a common motif of the era. My semi-educated guess is that it was made at some point in the 18th century or thereabouts. Whatever the specifics, this surely has to be one of the most moving pieces of art I saw during my trip…

The Casa Garcilaso-Museo Histórico Regional is located on the Plaza Regocijo. It is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 8am to 5pm. Entrance for foreigners is with the boleto turístico.