Category Archives: Sculpture

Luis Salvador Carmona (Detroit)

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The Detroit Institute of Arts Museum has acquired a Virgin and Child by Luis Salvador Carmona (1709-1767). The work was created in response to a commission of c.1750-51 “from the brotherhood attached to the Royal Tapestry Factory, Madrid, […] for their chapel.”

Madrid: Master Mateo at the Prado

2016-11-mastermateo2016-11-mastermateo-text-jpgMaster Mateo and his work for the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela

Madrid, Museo del Prado, Villanueva Building

The exhibition brings together an exceptional group of fourteen works that were removed in the past from their original location (the west façade and choir of the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela) and are now housed in the cathedral museum and in different institutions and private collections.

Notable among them are the recently restored sculptures of David and Solomon, and a Statue-column of a male figure holding a cartouche that was found last October inside the cathedral’s south tower, a discovery that represents an enormous advance in our knowledge of Master Mateo’s activities in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

Co-organised with the Real Academia Gallega de Bellas Artes, and the Fundación Catedral de Santiago.

Sculpture in the City (Londo)

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Sculpture in the City

City of London
July 2016 to May 2017

15 large-scale public sculptures by artists including the Catalan sculptor Jaume Plensa’s Laura (2013), one of his female portraits symbolising the state of dreaming and aspiration (shown near ‘the Gherkin’); and four works from Peruvian-born Lizi Sánchez’s abstract Cadenetas series (2016) of small brightly-coloured lead rings cut into loops forming interlocking rings.

Connect here for map of the City of London Sculpture Trail.

 

Joana Vasconcelos at Waddesdon Manor

2016-07-Vasconcelos_MF_bJoana Vasconcelos: Lafite

Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
15 June – 23 October 2016

Major new addition to Waddesdon’s contemporary art collection, and part of its programme to work with contemporary artists. A pair of sculptures by Joana Vasconcelos has been installed on the North Front. In the form of a giant pair of candlesticks made of glass wine bottles (from Château Lafite Rothschild), set on a steel armature and lit from within with fibre-optic strands, they symbolise the Rothschild family’s connection to the world of wine.
Joana Vasconcelos (b.1971) lives and works in Lisbon and exhibits internationally, most recently at the Château de Versailles and at the Manchester City Art Gallery.
Video showing Vasconcelos and her team construct the sculptures, with Lord Rothschild talking about them.

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Joaquím Gomis: Fundición Gimeno/Gimeno Foundry

Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona
10 May – 18 September 2016

Photographic exhibition focussing on the development of Catalan sculpture from the 1900s to the 1940s, including a series of images taken by Gomis (1902-1991) of his friend Miró’s visits to the Barcelona-based Gimeno foundry between 1944 and 1949, where the sculptor created his first series of bronzes. When Gomis (the first president of the Miró Foundation, 1972-75) visited the foundry workshop it had accumulated many sculpted rejects and forgotten maquettes left behind over the past four decades, which he captured with his camera.

CfP: The Matter of Sculpture in Southern Italy, Spain and the New World

El Greco: St Francis Kneeling in Meditation (Art Institute of Chicago)

El Greco: St Francis Kneeling in Meditation (Art Institute of Chicago)

Renaissance Society of America (RSA) 2017 Conference
Chicago, 30 March – 1 April 2017

Call for Papers:
The Matter of Sculpture in Southern Italy, Spain and the New World

The history of sculpture has, particularly with regard to the early modern period, been dominated by studies on marble and bronze, materials that are at the core of traditional art literature. Yet, as Michael Baxandall has shown in his Limewood Sculptors of Renaissance Germany, different materials might be related to different geographies and very different discourses. This session aims to explore the material richness of early modern sculpture, focusing in particular on the axis between the Kingdom of Naples, Sicily, Spain and the New World. More specifically, we are interested in the ways in which different materials might tell different stories about artistic developments, patronage, artists and local traditions, uncover different sources, and create new connections between various geographical areas. The wooden sculptures of Spain are a well-known example; one may also think, among others, of Sicilian wax sculptures, the silver sculptures of Naples, Lecce’s sculptures in the local pietra leccese, or the cornstalk-paste sculptures of Latin America.

Please send proposals to Johannes Röll (roell@biblhertz.it) and Joris van Gastel (gastel@biblhertz.it) by Sunday, 5 June 2016.

As per RSA guidelines, proposals must include the following: paper title (15-word maximum), abstract (150-word maximum), keywords, and a very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum).