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‘Statuesque': Embracing the Figurative at the Nasher Sculpture Center

Statuesque, a show featuring work that celebrates the significance of the figure in contemporary sculpture, recently made the leap from Lower Manhattan to Dallas (Flavorpill’s newest city!), where it will be on display at the Nasher Sculpture Center through August 21. “Long considered marginal in the contemporary art world, figurative sculpture has returned to center stage in the recent works of an international group of artists born in the 1960s and 1970s,” explains Public Art Fund Director and Chief Curator Nicholas Baume, who organized the show. “It is clear that despite their highly developed individual styles, these artists share striking affinities. By turns visually playful, formally experimental, and viscerally charged, their works reinvent and extend the language of figurative sculpture for the twenty-first century.” Click through to preview all ten of the works currently on display.


Aaron Curry, Big Pink, 2010 Courtesy the artist and Michael Werner Gallery, New York. Photo by James Ewing, courtesy of Public Art Fund © Aaron Curry


Aaron Curry, Yellow Bird Boy, 2010. Courtesy the artist and Michael Werner Gallery, New York. Photo by James Ewing, courtesy of Public Art Fund
© Aaron Curry


Aaron Curry, Horned Head Trip (reclining), 2010. Courtesy the artist and Michael Werner Gallery, New York. Photo by Jason Wyche, courtesy of Public Art Fund © Aaron Curry


Rebecca Warren, Large Concretised Monument to the Twentieth Century, 2007. Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, New York; Maureen Paley, London. Photo by James Ewing, courtesy of Public Art Fund © Rebecca Warren


Matthew Monahan, Nation Builder, 2010. Courtesy the artist and Anton Kern Gallery, New York. Photo by James Ewing, courtesy of Public Art Fund © Matthew Monahan


Thomas Houseago, Untitled (Red Man), 2008. Courtesy Toni and Daniel Holtz. Photo by James Ewing, courtesy of Public Art Fund © Thomas Houseago


Thomas Houseago, Untitled (Lumpy Figure), 2009. Courtesy the artist and Michael Werner Gallery, New York. Photo by Jason Wyche, courtesy of Public Art Fund © Thomas Houseago


Thomas Houseago, Untitled (Sprawling Octopus Man), 2009. Courtesy the artist and Michael Werner Gallery, New York. Photo by James Ewing, courtesy of Public Art Fund © Thomas Houseago


Huma Bhabha, The Orientalist, 2007. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York. Photo by Jason Wyche, courtesy of Public Art Fund
© Huma Bhabha


Pawel Althamer and the Nowolipie Group, Sylwia, 2010. Courtesy Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw; neugerriemchneider, Berlin

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