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  1. This could have either gone in the History forum or the Art forum, but since I try to make this non-political (he says, with clenched teeth), I chose the latter. I had never heard of the Taliban until they destroyed the Buddhas of Bamiyan with dynamite in March, 2001 (their rationale being that they were "false idols"). UNESCO has discussed a partial or total rebuilding of one or both, but since they were almost completely destroyed, it is essentially impossible to do anything other than a modern facsimile, and given the lack of funds, the difficult location, and other legitimate financial needs, I suspect that won't happen. The Buddhas of Bamiyan: worth remembering for at least two reasons I can think of. If this doesn't piss you off, nothing will.
  2. I stumbled across a wonderful piece of Arlington County public art today at Oakland Park, near Virginia Square Metro. This is called "Ridge" by the local artist Foon Sham. You can walk through it, and it's impermeable to rain. It's even a Pokegym.
  3. After a far-too-long layoff, the New York Avenue Sculpture Project is back, featuring Mexico City-based sculptor Betsabeé Romero (b. 1963). This project is organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in collaboration with the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID), the DC Office of Planning and other local agencies. The project will run from Sept. 28, 2018, through Sept. 20, 2020 along NY Ave at 13th Street, NW outside the NMWA building.
  4. Summer museum exhibits will be opening soon! Heavy Metal—Women to Watch 2018 on view June 28–September 16, 2018 "Heavy Metal, the fifth installment in NMWA’s Women to Watch exhibition series, showcases contemporary artists working in metal. The exhibition series is presented every two to three years and is a dynamic collaboration between the museum and participating outreach committees. The 20 committees participating in Women to Watch 2018 worked with curators in their respective regions to create shortlists of artists working with metal. From this list, NMWA curators selected the artists whose work is on view in Heavy Metal. Featured artists in Heavy Metal investigate the physical properties and expressive possibilities of metalwork through a wide variety of objects, including sculpture, jewelry, and conceptual forms. Works in the exhibition range from large-scale installations to small objects intended for personal adornment; these disparate works are fashioned out of iron, steel, bronze, silver, gold, brass, tin, aluminum, copper, and pewter. This exhibition seeks to disrupt the predominantly masculine narrative that surrounds metalworking and demonstrate that contemporary women artists carry on a vibrant legacy in the field. The exhibition features works by Cheryl Eve Acosta (Greater Kansas City Area), Rana Begum (United Kingdom), Carolina Rieckhof Brommer (Peru), Lola Brooks (Georgia), Paula Castillo (New Mexico), Charlotte Charbonnel (France), Venetia Dale (Massachusetts), Petronella Eriksson (Sweden), Susie Ganch (Mid-Atlantic Region), Alice Hope (Greater New York Region), Leila Khoury (Ohio), Holly Laws (Arkansas), Blanca Muñoz (Spain), Beverly Penn (Texas), Serena Porrati (Italy), Alejandra Prieto (Chile), Kerianne Quick (Southern California), Carolina Sardi (Florida), Katherine Vetne (Northern California), and Kelsey Wishik (Mississippi)."
  5. I wouldn't be surprised if it returns to Hains Point now that it would have an active audience to water taxi over from the Wharf.
  6. Oops, and I've even been to the Tate Modern - I saw the coolest bottom-floor artwork there (I also saw "Whaam!") It was called "Marsyas" (etymology) by Anish Kapoor, and was, by *far*, the largest indoor piece of art I've ever seen - it was literally impossible to see the entire thing at once. To say it was "awesome" doesn't do it justice. <--- That's a person standing on the left.
  7. It's going to be a great deal of fun tracking ongoing auction records for artworks as this website ages (clicking on the tag Auctions will always get you a fairly updated list of threads). "Balloon Dog (Orange)" by Jeff Koons sold for $58.4 Million at the Christie's Nov 12, 2013 auction, breaking the previous highest price for a Koons artwork of $33.7 Million, and also shattering the previous world record for "most money paid for an artwork by a living artist" of $37.1 Million for "Domplatz, Mailand" (1968) by Gerhard Richter, which sold in May of 2013. "Koons's Puppy Sets $58 Million Record for Living Artist" by Katya Kazakina and Phillip Boroff on bloomberg.com "The Most Expensive Art Ever Sold at Auction: Christie's Record-Breaking Sale" by Kathryn Tully on forbes.com
  8. A proposed opening year for "City" has been projected for 2020. Of course it was supposes to be completed in 2005 and 2010. City is a monumental earth art project by land artist Michael Heizer located in Nevada's Garden Valley. When completed the project will be approximately 1.5 miles long by .25 mile across, or roughly the same dimensions of the National Mall. The project is a series of complexes which draw inspiration from ancient ritual cities, such as Chichen Itza. The complexes are constructed from onsite earth, rock and concrete. Heizer owns the land and the project has been hidden by its remote location and earthen berms. However, several photo galleries have been assembled. Here and here and here. Garden Valley was designated part of the Basin and Range National Monument in 2015. Heizer began the project in 1972 and it has been funded primarily by the Dia Art Foundation and Lannan Foundation, with an estimated cost of $25 million. It will eventually come under the stewardship of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Multiple articles have been written about the project: NY Times (2005) LA Times (2015) New Yorker Magazine (2016) Needless to say, Garden Valley, Nevada is now on my list of places to visit. For those interested the GPS coordinates are: 38°01'48" N, 115°26'10" W Aerial photo by Paul Saffo
  9. For the first time ever, The Meat-Shaped Stone, a Qing Dynasty sculpture of Dongpo Rou (braised pork belly) is being exhibited in the United States. The sculpture is carved jasper, finished with wrinkles, dimples, and soy-sauced rind. The sculpture is part of the Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art From the National Palace Museum, Taipei currently on exhibit at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (ends Sept. 18, 2016) The exhibit also includes a jadeite bok choy cabbage...but that's not quite as cool.
  10. DonRocks

    Scat Sculpture

    I'm kind of afraid to ask, but what is "scat sculpture?" (See the second sentence in the link.) If you Google "scat sculpture," Yayoi Kusama comes up as the #1 hit.
  11. Washed Ashore is a summer long exhibit at the National Zoo featuring 17 marine sculptures made entirely from plastic pollution directly recovered from the ocean. These sculpture represent the more than 315 billion pounds of plastic in oceans. The exhibition is created by The Washed Ashore Project. These sculptures are actually really well done, with cool details. We only viewed the sculptures at the top part of the zoo, but plastics used included, beach toys, umbrellas, bottles, fishing poles, flip flops, toilet seats, boogie boards, and even shotgun shells.
  12. Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World is an interesting show at the National Gallery of Art (thru March 20, 2016) featuring 50 bronze sculptures from the Hellenistic Period (approx. 4th century BC to 1st century BC). These sculptures are extremely rare, many of the bronze works from this period have not survived, most have been melted down, destroyed when a ruler went out of favor, lost at sea during transport, or buried during volcano eruptions. The Hellenistic artist Lysippos, the official sculptor of Alexander the Great, is said to have produced over 1,500 works, none of which have survived. Some of the busts are a little repetitive, but the life sized pieces are worth the visit, now often disfigured and missing limbs, several pulled out of the Mediterranean and cracked and pitted with a lovely patina of decay (see the fabulous Victorious Youth "the Getty Bronze").
  13. "Ellsworth Kelly, an Artist Who Mixed Abstract with Simplicity, Dies at 92" by Holland Cotter on nytimes.com "Artist Ellsworth Kelly, Master of Colorful Abstraction, Dies at 92" by Neda Ulaby on npr.org "Ellsworth Kelly, the American Abstract Painter and Sculptor, Dies at 92" on theguardian.com MoMA has 235 works by Kelly online! Included in these are *45* paintings from 1951 alone - a year which must have been extremely fertile for Kelly (he was 27-28 years old), including these four paintings: "Nine Colors" (1951) - Ink on Paper and Gouache on Paper - 7.5" by 8" "Colors for a Large Wall" (1951) - Oil on Canvas with Sixty-Four Joined Canvases - 7' 10.5" by 7' 10.5" (!) "Spectrum Colors Arranged by Chance VI" (1951) - Cut-and-Pasted, Color-Coated Paper and Pencil on Four Sheets of Black Paper - 37.25" by 37.25" "Study for Meschers" (1951) - Cut-and-Pasted, Printed Paper - 19.5" by 19.5" Click on the MoMA link - you have 41 more glorious works to enjoy *just* from 1951. To those who think modern art could be done by a child, I urge you to keep going to exhibits, reading about it, and just exposing yourself to it as much as you can - sooner or later you'll start to like it, and I can't tell you why you'll start to like it; only that you will. Just have an open mind - I still don't know why I like modern art (yes, a child *could* spray-paint a canvas all black, although I assure you the modern masters can paint just as realistically as you ask them to), but I really do enjoy it, and I think you will, also. I will add that I have no ability to discern what's worth $5 from $5 million, but I still just ... like it. Brian, do you have a better explanation than mine?
  14. This is amazing! "A Marionette in Manhattan" featuring puppet-maker Ricky Syers on gloria.tv He can be reached at RickySyers.com.
  15. Strandbeests are the kinetic sculptures of Dutch artist Theo Jansen. Created out of PVC piping, chords, and plastic sheeting, the beests march across the wind swept beaches of Scheveningen, Netherlands. From Dec. 3-7, 2014, Jansen will be bringing his creations to Art Basel Miami Beach. The presentation at Art Basel Miami Beach will be a preview for his first major US tour, with stops in NYC, Los Angeles, and Chicago during September 2015. But really you need to watch them to believe them: Video
  16. This week, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, in conjunction with the Downtown DC Business Improvement District and the DC Office of Planning, debuts the third installment of the New York Avenue Sculpture Project, featuring five sculptures by Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz (1930-). Works include Walking Figures (group of 10) (2001); The Second Never Seen Figure on Beam with Wheels (2009); and Stainless Bird on Pole (2009). Here are some press images. Up now until Sept. 27, 2015 on New York Avenue, NW between 12th and 13th NW. And while you are visiting the project, you might as well stop into NMWA to view the video work, Soda Jerk: After the Rainbow (2009). Part of the 5x5 Project. Free, until Nov. 2, 2014.
  17. Okay, so what don't you know about this thing? * Despite living three millennia ago, David was a Renaissance man. * The statue depicts David just before battle (hence the tense). * It's twice as high as a typical American ceiling: 17 feet tall. * In 1991, David got hammered - literally. * And then there's this.
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