Sculpture

Art Installations That Imagine the Impossible

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Next summer, contemporary environmental artist Christo will create floating walkways around Lake Iseo, west of Venice in the Lombardy region of Italy. Bright yellow fabric will invite visitors to stroll through the area — walking on water atop 200,000 floating cubes — that joins the mainland to the lake islands, continuing into the streets in two mainland towns. This is Christo’s first major work since the death of his longtime collaborator Jeanne-Claude in 2009. Christo’s stunning landscape installations have always imagined the impossible — but he is hardly …Read More

50 Uncanny Artworks

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Pop surrealists and lowbrow artists owe a debt of gratitude to Margaret Keane — painter of melancholic, saucer-eyed little girls. Tim Burton’s Keane biopic Big Eyes, in theaters December 25, tells the story of the tumultuous relationship Keane had with husband Walter, who took credit for her work. Amy Adams plays the artist, who struggles against her husband (played by Christoph Waltz) for control of her art. “I was as sad as that painting,” Keane said in a recent interview with Eye on the Bay, pointing to one of her famous works. “I was thinking, ‘What is all this about? Why is life so sad?’” The world-weary waifs in Keane’s paintings are doll-like and uncanny. Freud defined the uncanny as the “unhome,” or the opposite of familiar. Keane’s girls feel too fragile for this world. Here is a treasury of other artworks whose uncanny appeal has fascinated and frightened, capturing a sense of otherness, wonder, and disquiet.
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10 Typographic Art Installations

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Typography enthusiasts know that sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than an elegant and expressive typeface. There is a science behind composing and arranging type, but often it is used for pure artistic expression. After spotting a unique typographic sculpture on Colossal that doubles as a bus shelter (featured below), we searched for other font-friendly installations that appeal to our inner typography nerd and explore our interaction with text (and art) in various environments.
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Environmentally Unfriendly Materials Recycled Into Works of Art

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This week, global citizens celebrated the 44th annual Earth Day — a worldwide initiative to draw awareness to environmental concerns and rally for change. Artists continue to bring attention to these issues by recycling environmentally unfriendly materials in their artwork, reusing the world’s junk surplus in beautiful and fascinating ways. Here are just a few of the creative reimaginings that speak to our planet’s use and reuse of careless materials.
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Getting Artsy in New Orleans

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As any New Orleans resident will tell you, there’s more to the city than Mardi Gras and go-cup daiquiris (though we do enjoy both very much). Indeed, New Orleans possesses a burgeoning and dynamic art scene, an urban center akin to Austin and Brooklyn that has drawn creative types from around the world. For artists and writers, New Orleans’ affordability and open, communitarian sensibility present a unique alternative to the expense and dissociating sprawl of these other urban art centers. The following will give you an idea of the New Orleans-based artists and artisans to watch out for, and where they’re showcasing their work, hanging out, selling and creating.
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“The Most Original Contemporary American Art Ever”: Artists on the Work of Ken Price

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Kenneth Price’s is a legacy that cries out to be demystified. Artists, critics, teachers, and curators have talked eagerly about what Price accomplished, but it seemed to be a struggle to articulate exactly what he meant to them. When he died in February 2012, reflections from critics like Jerry Saltz approached an almost spiritual tone. “Price’s feel for density makes his objects seem to emit compact force fields of binding energy,” Jerry Saltz wrote in Vulture. “I feel the self at play in the fields of bliss.”

Among his post-war peers, the Californian sculptor has been easy to praise and eulogize, but not to explain. On the occasion of Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective, which opens this week at the Met, Flavorwire spoke to artists Tony Marsh and Kathy Butterly, in the hopes of bringing the artist’s legacy back down to Earth.
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Unbelievably Detailed Wood Sculptures of Animals

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To some, the idea of working on an anatomically correct sculpture 10 to 12 hours a day, shaving hundreds of wood chips from a solid hunk of cedar, sounds tedious. For Russian artist, Sergei Bobkov, who we learned about on MSN, it’s a passion. His Siberian cedar chip animal creations take about six months to complete (with no days off), but he has his technique down to a science. After carving the chips, he lets them soak in water for several days, and then carefully whittles them down to the necessary shapes. Every now and then he’ll add willow and beech chips to the sculptures. Each piece contains incredible texture, giving Bobkov’s creatures lifelike feathers and fur. Take a closer look in our gallery.
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