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).
Ron Arad tests the boundaries between sculpture and furniture.
Main de Rodin
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917) is one of the foremost French sculptors of the 19th century, celebrated for his expressive and modern depictions of the human form in bronze and other materials. In the pictured work, he has created a hand holding up a miniature figure bent over in repose.
Interview: Antony Gormley
Antony Gormley is a sculptor best known for large-scale installations that explore the human body in space.
At the moment, the British artist is challenging the physical possibilities of White Cube’s gallery space. His ambitious exhibition investigates our experience of architecture through the body and of the body through architecture.
For the second year at Art Basel Miami Beach, visitors viewed sculptures, installations, and performances at the outdoor exhibition of Art Public in Collins Park. Featured works included pieces by Ugo Rondinone, Gary Simmons, and Adam Pendleton, as well as an “Art-Bar” installation called Güiro, which was built by Los Carpinteros and sponsored by Absolut.
“I am trying to make exactly what I see in front of me.”
- Robert Graham
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.
Find out more about LA artist Robert Graham.
Auguste Rodin, the father of Modern sculpture, was born on this day in 1840 in Paris.
One of the foremost French sculptors of the 19th century, Rodin is celebrated for his expressive Modern depictions of the human form in bronze and other materials. His work The Thinker (pictured) remains one of the most recognized sculptures to date.
Google’s latest doodle commemorates the artist’s 172nd birthday.
Louise Nevelson was a pioneering female figure in the art world. Her 1973 work, Small Column XVI, is featured in our Modern Masters sale on artnet Auctions.
Vanishing Middle Class
A 2,500-pound ice sculpture, carved to spell Middle Class, appeared in downtown Tampa last Sunday. This work serves to mark the opening days of the Republican and Democratic national conventions.
“It’s a call to action,” said Marshall Reese, as about 1,000 people watched Middle Class melt away.
Interview With Tony Cragg
We met with one of the most important sculptors worldwide, British artist Tony Cragg.
Watch our interview and don’t miss his latest exhibition, opening at Galerie Klüser in Munich, Germany, on September 18, 2012, from 6 to 9 p.m. The gallery is showing some of Cragg’s recent sculptures as well as corresponding drawings and watercolors.