In The Studio With Jean Charasse
"It was the discovery of Pablo Picasso that first influenced my work. I then discovered Wilfredo Lam, Paul Klee, and Piet Mondrian." Jean Charasse
We sat down with French artist Jean Charasse to chat about his artistic process, his influences, and his current projects.
Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.
"Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely."
Auguste Rodin, the father of Modern sculpture, was born on this day in 1840 in Paris.
In a career that spanned the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Rodin introduced innovative practices that paved the way for modern sculpture. Celebrated for his expressive Modern depictions of the human form in bronze and other materials, Rodin was deeply inspired by tradition yet rebelled against its idealized forms
His work The Thinker (pictured) remains one of the most recognized sculptures to date.
The Gugg’s Eggplant
An Eggplant phone is now part of the Guggenheim's contemporary collection. In the museum's words, Margaret Lee's "Eggplant (phone) is a hybrid object that is neither an eggplant nor a phone—it is a meticulously crafted, hand-painted, and plaster-casted sculpture.”
Remembering Robert Graham
"[I am] trying to make exactly what I see in front of me."
Born on this day in 1938 in Mexico City, Robert Graham was a sculptor best known for his public monuments and female nudes. After moving to Venice, CA, he soon began casting single bodies in bronze, and working on a monumental scale. In 1984, he completed Olympic Gateway for the Memorial Coliseum at the Olympic Games of that year. Other civic monuments include a life-size figure of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1997) for the Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C. and a monument of jazz composer Duke Ellington (1997).
Confronted by a Graham figure, the viewer is caught between the desire to embrace and the impulse to worship. Furthermore, the viewer becomes aware of the subtle ambiguities that give Graham’s statues their own particular sense of life.
Pictured: Robert Graham with his wife Anjelica Huston
Breakfast with Orly Genger
Every month, we partner with ArtTable for their Artists’ Talk Series.
This month, we sat down with Brooklyn-based sculptor Orly Genger, who is famed for her large-scale, hand-crocheted installations. Her latest work is on view in Madison Square Park through September 8, and features thousands of yards of rope, painted and shaped to transform the flat landscape into a dynamic, three-dimensional visual experience.
“Silver used to be mined in Combe Martin where I live. It’s dreamy, otherworldly, but also sensuous and sexy…” -Damien Hirst.
Hirst used silver to create this sculpture of a pregnant woman. This surreal, scientifically rendered figure depicts the flesh peeled back to reveal the inner muscle, bone, and fetal structure of the woman.
Meeting Orly Genger
“If I could put my body into my work, that would be the ultimate.” -Orly Genger.
Over the past few years, Genger has become well-known for her incredible large-scale installations, created from seemingly endless coils of rope. The artist crochets shapes into works that recall Modern masterworks.
Made of 1.4 million feet of hand-crocheted lobster-fishing rope—enough to span the length of Manhattan nearly 20 times over—her latest installation, Red, Yellow and Blue, is on view in Madison Square Park until September. Don’t miss it!
The artist grew up in New York City with parents who collected Modern Art. She later attended Brown University, where she discovered and fell in love with sculpture.
Now, we’re very excited to host Orly Genger for an ArtTable breakfast at our office on June 19, 2013! ArtTable was founded in 1980 and is dedicated to the visual arts and to advancing women’s leadership in the field.
Jaume Plensa at Venice
Here’s another reason to visit Venice this year (as if we needed more convincing!). Famed Spanish artist Jaume Plensa is unveiling his impressive new sculpture, Rui Rui. The seven-meter sculpture will stand at the crossroads of Accademia and San Marco as part of the exhibition Glasstress: White Light / White Heat,whichcoincides with the 55th Venice Biennale.
Rui Rui is captured in silent meditation, her eyes closed. The sculpture seems to invite a similar moment of quiet contemplation for all who encounter the work, as they pass through Venice’s busy canals and streets.
Discover more work by Jaume Plensa at Richard Gray Gallery.
A tour-de-force work by famed Contemporary African artist Osaretin Ighile, this sculpture is made of steel armature and rope.
Born in 1965 in Benin City, Nigeria, Osartin is among a generation of artists who no longer view colonialism as a constant source of trauma, drawing on a profound understanding of his culture, his openness to the world, and diversity.
"Silver is one of the elements, one of the building blocks of our material world. Silver used to be mined in Combe Martin where I live. It’s dreamy, otherworldly, but also sensuous and sexy…" -Damien Hirst
Pictured is a highly detailed sculpture of a pregnant woman cast in sterling silver with dark patina by the world famous Contemporary British artist. Part of his The Dream is Dead series, this surreal, scientifically rendered figure depicts the flesh peeled back to reveal the inner muscle, bone, and fetal structure of the woman.
“I Think art is the only political power, the only revolutionary power, the only evolutionary power, the only power to free humankind form all repression.” -Joseph Beuys
A performance artist and sculptor who worked in post-World War II Germany, Joseph Beuys was born on this day in 1921. Firm in his belief that “everyone is an artist,” Beuys worked on public and political art for the last 20 years of his life.
The Madness of Art
In this week’s episode of The Madness of Art:
Jim and Dru discuss how they need to add to their sculpture garden. Jim suggests contacting Richard Serra or Frank Stella, but then comes across Bernar Venet’s studio while wandering in Chelsea.
Known for his naturalistic nude bronzes, California-based artist Robert Graham commemorated the human figure and explored it from every perspective imaginable.
Graham created this edition for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles from 1992 to 1995.
Niki de Saint Phalle
To lift your Monday-morning mood: French artist Niki de Saint Phalle’s fabulous L’oiseau amoureux (Bird in love).