Category Archives: Sculpture

In a Mermaid Statue, Danes Find Something Rotten in State of Michigan

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This town’s statue of Hans Christian Andersen’s “Little Mermaid” is a symbol of its proud Danish heritage. Now some are saying she doesn’t have permission to be in the country.

In a Mermaid Statue, Danes Find Something Rotten in State of Michigan Timothy Aeppel WSJ 7/27/09 


Willard Wigan’s micro-sculptures

The Artist Who Inhaled His Sculpture William Weir – June 23, 2009 – “It’s Alive”

Willard Wigan’s micro-sculptures…[are] carved out of grains of sand, sugar and rice that he makes under a microscope and paints with a hair from a house fly.


MFA Sculpture Open Studios, May 17th


Where the Ocean Meets the Catskills

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Maya Lin, famous for designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial while still a graduate student at the Yale School of Architecture, as well as the Women’s Table, in front of Sterling Memorial Library, has designed a new permanent installation for the Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, New York.

Ms. Lin’s ambitious piece, “Storm King Wavefield,” was commissioned by the center, and installation of it, under the supervision of David R. Collens, an artist and Storm King’s director, began two years ago. Set in a shallow, amphitheaterlike depression, once a gravel pit supplying material for the Thruway, it covers 11 acres. Its seven parallel rows of rolling, swelling peaks were inspired by the forms of midocean waves but echo the mountains and hills around them.

Where the Ocean Meets the Catskills Holland Cotter New York Times 5/7/09


Permanent links for ’09 MFA Sculpture Shows

Permanent links for the 2009 MFA Sculpture Thesis shows:

2009 Sculpture Thesis Exhibition 1
Meredith James, Jo Nigoghossian, Lourdes Correa-Carlo, Jacques Louid Vidal, Ryan Wolfe

2009 Sculpture Thesis Exhibition 2 Eoin Burke, Ian Campbell, Boris Chesakov, Sarah Lassise, Laura Marsh

The first of the MFA Painting Exhibitions is also up. We’ll post the permanent link to that too once it’s archived.


2009 MFA Sculpture Thesis Exhibition Photos

See photos of the 2009 MFA Sculpture Thesis Exhibition!!!!!!!


Tonight @ School of Art

Fall 2008 Undergraduate Comprehensive Art Exhibition Opening Reception.

6:00 pm

School of Art, 1156 Chapel Street, Green Hall Gallery.
The work in this Exhibition represents a cross section of undergraduate
work produced in our classes, i.e., Drawing, Photography, Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking and Graphic Design during the Fall 2008 semester.
Show runs from Monday, December 8 through Friday, January 16.

Yale School of Art

New @ Arts Library, Lichtenstein: Girls


With their golden tresses and enormous eyes, the women who appear in Roy Lichtenstein’s canvases are unmistakable. Following an exhibition of his famous “Girl” paintings at New York’s Gagosian Gallery earlier this year, Yale University Press has published a lavish homage to the great Pop artist’s anonymous women, featuring 22 colour plates, as well as exceptional documentary photographs and pencil sketches.

Less celebrated, but also appearing in the book, is Lichtenstein’s distinctive series of ceramic heads. He began experimenting with sculpture around 1964, demonstrating a knack for the form that was at odds with the insistent flatness of his paintings. It was an unsurprising move for someone who venerated Picasso, an artist who famously worked in ceramics, producing wittily decorated plates, pitchers, and masks.

Roy Lichtenstein: a new dimension in art Telegraph 11/17/08

Call Number: Folio NJ18 L632 A12 2008 (LC)

Read about a recent series of panel discussions on the Yale University Press here.

India’s warrior king Shivaji statue to rival Statue of Liberty

India plans huge ‘liberty’ statue Prachi Pinglay BBCNews 6/3/08

“The statue will be of the Maratha warrior king Shivaji, considered a hero in Maharashtra for his defiance of Mughal and British forces… Vishal Dhage, a state government official, said the statue would be about the same height as the Statue of Liberty – which, with plinth included, stands at 305ft (92.69m).”

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Robert Rauschenberg is dead at 82

Image: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Robert Rauschenberg, Titan of American Art, Is Dead at 82 Michael Kimmelman NYT 5/14/08

Karl Blossfeldt’s “Art Forms in Nature”

Photograph: Karl Blossfeldt

After photographing flowers, buds and seed capsules for thirty-five years, Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) published his masterpiece Urformen der Kunst (Art Forms in Nature) in 1928. See a portfolio of the work here.

The German sculpture used his photographs of plants to teach students about design elements in nature. He once said, “The plant never lapses into mere arid functionalism; it fashions and shapes according to logic and suitability, and with its primeval force compels everything to attain the highest artistic form.”

More of his work here. Plus check out the Peabody Museum’s Manual of Leaf Architecture.

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New MFA Thesis Show Photographs

Photos of last week’s MFA Painting Thesis show are up at the main Art School Gallery website.

Photos from the MFA Sculpture 3 show are up on the Archives page.

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Photos from the 1st 2 ’08 Thesis Exhibitions for Yale Sculpture

Photos from the first two 2008 Thesis Exhibitions for the Yale Sculpture program are now up at the Yale Art School Gallery website:

MFA Sculpture 1
MFA Sculpture 2

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Tony Blair and the arts

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Former UK Prime Minister and recent Roman Catholic convert, Tony Blair, is slated to arrive at Yale next year to teach a seminar on faith and globalization as the latest Howland Distinguished Fellow.

Blair to teach in the US on faith BBCNEWS 3/7/08

What does Tony Blair have to do with art? Here’s an excerpt from a lengthy Guardian article:

“What is Blair’s legacy to the arts? One dead ice-cream flavour, one problematic lump on a swamp, a lot of public money and few other certainties. When Helen Mirren won an Oscar for her performance in Stephen Frears’ The Queen this year, actors, writers and directors hailed it as a marvellous testimony to the achievements of subsidised arts.”

What did Tony Blair do for the arts? Stuart Jeffries The Guardian 5/2/07

And click here to read about Tony Blair, the rat who sculpts avocados.

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Frank Stella at the Met

image: Librado Romero/The New York Times 

Two new exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art mark Frank Stella’s first solo showing at the esteemed New York museum.

The first exhibit entitled “Frank Stella: Painting Into Architecture” will highlight the artist’s architectural ventures, while another will use to the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden to showcase some of the Stella’s abstract sculpture (pictured above).

See a large collection of Stella’s work here.

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