The rising tide of Charm-bracelet art? Jeff Koons’s Puppy versus Serra’s Tilted Arc


Please don’t walk on the sculptures…

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In order to be acceptable to the public at large, do large artworks intended for public space have to meet some basic criteria?  I stumbled across an interesting old 2009 article online that discussed public reactions to several large artworks that have been staged outdoors in NYC during the last several decades.

http://www.flavorwire.com/54578/clearing-the-air-about-public-art

One NYC art critic thought that all public artworks should be “crowd-pleasing”, which seems to favor those works that are cute and representational, rather that abstract.  Low art versus high(brow) art?  IMO this is a problem.  Good art is not decoration — it should challenge viewers to think, or at least to stop and ponder a bit.  IMO the recent trend towards large oversized animals as cutsie sculpture (Koons’s Puppy, Louise Bourgeois’s giant spiders, or even Roxy Paine’s metal trees) is almost as bad as clogging up outdoor parks with sculptures of dead soldiers on horseback.  These romantic…

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Destroying symbols of evil, and praying for peace & tolerance…public art as flashpoint


http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/the-heated-politics-of-public-monuments-1.4123423

What to do with a prize-winning cow on stilts that gives no milk?!


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https://www.thestar.com/amp/news/gta/2017/08/04/just-who-gave-approval-for-markhams-cow-statue.html

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Sandi on a rainy Sunday


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Sarah in July


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Wayne..whoa it’s hot outside


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mid-summer Shelley


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Waterfall glaze #1


Four pots just fresh from the kiln: 2 with just 1 glaze coat (grey shimmer); and 2 others with a base coat topped with Waterfall #1 along the top edge, in order to create drip effects in contrasting colours.  All of the pots were successful experiments…though the flying man on waxwing brown glaze was my favorite.

Predicting how glaze combinations will look coming out of the kiln is like trying to predict the weather.  Glaze colours look completely different before they are fired in the kiln, where chemistry and random effects combine to produce new (unexpected?!) colours.  For instance, the grey glaze looks like rusty mud before it’s fired, and the waterfall glaze is a pale mossy green.

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Heath, in charred coal


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The indoor house: by Maud Lewis


As shown in the recent movie, “Maudie” (go see it!), this is a panoramic shot from the doorway of her house, which has been dismantled and then reassembled indoors, like a ship in a bottle, inside the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax. She was small in stature, but a giant among folk artists. With an even bigger heart.

 

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Halifax sculpture: John Greer’s “Origins”


Located in downtown Halifax Nova Scotia, outside the NS Art Gallery: “Origins” (1995).  What a pleasant surprise! Tucked around the corner, just outside the NSAG entrance. More info is available here:

https://www.artistjohngreer.com/commissions-public-art/origins-1995/

 

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