Sculptor Sarah Braman creates sculptures that "are not about things, they are things. They don't exist as a reference, representation or metaphor, but as themselves." Maybe this video provides all the commentary that is needed.
"I used to consider these descriptions of the artists' sculptures naughty or simply stupid. But now I believe it amounts to denial of the status of these works as Sculptures, and of the artists achievement in this genre, and I am having none of that. It makes me think of the days when African sculptors were described as 'carvers.'"In past writings, I have referred to Anatsui's work as "not really sculptures, could be termed installation art, and safe-to-say wall hangings." While I said this as a way to describe the complexity of the artist's work, I'm glad to have been called out on what might just be a flat out mischaracterization. Still, I would defend writings that refer to his pieces as installation art, as their visual impact really encompasses and surrounds the senses much in the spirit of installation.
found at c-monster,
but courtesy of Smithsonian Archives of American Art
|image via BoingBoing|
"Museums keep research collections like this tucked away in attics, basements and back rooms. In these quiet, little sanctuaries, touching is allowed. Getting access (albeit limited) to the collections at the University of Kansas' anthropology museum was one of the high points of my undergraduate experience...the AMNH even has a few secret corridors where it stashes treasures. Great stuff!"I understand the general excitement of gaining access to objects and artifacts that a general public does not get to see, but at the same time, why is it that the majority of a museum's holdings are found in storage? With the 21st century museum gift shop and cafeteria, we are left with less art in our exhibition space, and fewer objects on display. We are left to ponder the secret life of study collections, the hidden alternative that only comes with restricted access. With little information on AMNH's shelf-life available to a general audience, the absence of objects speaks volumes on taste, notions of value, and matters of authenticity.
|Rothko Reflection, 2007|
|Rothko Sunset, 2007|
|Niagara Falls, 2007|