Can Art Unravel the Fabric of Space and Time? Cultural Diffusion and Contemporary Sculpture

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The MOMA recently staged an exhibition “Forever Now,” positing a detemporalized, post-internet narrative of art history through the lens of contemporary painting. The exhibition, however, is really just highlighting art’s long-standing tradition of historic appropriation. Sculptors from Aaron Curry, whose abstract figures fuse a “primitivist” linework sampled, Picasso to Charles Ray, whose work Hinoki crosses […]

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Commissioning Figurative Sculpture: Where Personal and Cultural Histories Intersect

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The portrait has a storied history: from the elaborate gilded tombs of Tutankhamen to Roman busts to contemporary painting and sculpture, commissioned portraits have etched the stories of our relatives, political leaders, and heroes into stone for future generations of art lovers. Before commissioning figurative work for your collection, aspiring collectors can develop a social […]

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The Lilies, How They Grow: How Religious Sculptures Can Share Natural Symbolism Across International Borders

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“The ocean of the characteristics of the various colors appeared over an infinite extent. There were banners of precious stones, constantly emitting shining light and emitting beautiful sounds. Nets of myriad gems and garlands of exquisitely scented flowers hung all around. The finest jewels appeared spontaneously, raining inexhaustible quantities of gems and beautiful flowers all […]

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The Muse Is in the Material: How a University Sculpture Garden Can Get Students Off Smartphones and Spark Conversation on Campus

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Many of my best memories in college took place in our campus sculpture garden. I remember skateboarding barefoot over to my friends’ dorms at our SoCal campus to meet up, lay on the grass in the shade of a large metal sculpture, and talk. We would bring our books, talk about ideas we were learning […]

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The Stories Behind the Stories: How Libraries Can Use Public Sculpture of Literary Figures to Bring Our Cultural Memory to Life

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Gertrude Stein had a larger-than-life personality. As one of her biographers described her: “Gertrude was hearty. She used to roar with laughter, out loud. She had a laugh like beefsteak.”1 Reading her work, I feel like I almost share her memories of warm, clattering dinners in her home, gossipping with the members of her artsy […]

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Feeling Stressed? A Water Sculpture Might Be Just the Solution to Creating a Peaceful Home

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When I’m feeling stressed, even the simplest tasks start to feel difficult. Things as small as responding to an email or buying groceries can feel like insurmountable barriers to reaching some peace and quiet on the other side of a mountainous to-do list. And as our world grows ever more chaotic, interconnected, and demanding, our […]

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Why Every Art Lover Should Visit Queensland: The Best Spots for Cultural Tourism in Northern Australia

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Australia just may be the world’s most untapped destination for cultural tourism. When most people think of Australia, they think of its unique wildlife and beautiful beaches. Don’t get me wrong, lounging on beaches and seeing marsupials are both fantastic reasons to visit Australia, but the Land Down Under has even more to offer cultural […]

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