The juggernaut event that is Art Basel Miami Beach had no shortage of incredible artwork installations in virtually every medium. We tend to gravitate towards the metallic artwork Variety. Take for example this aluminum and stainless steel sculpture, titled “The Garden”, by Peter Rogiers – we can only imagine a cluster of these in an outdoor setting.
“The Garden,” 2012, Peter Rogiers, Galerie Thomas Schulte of Berlin.
And this sculpture, entitled “Bearlike Construction” by Gimhongsok, displays the amazing intricacy possible with bronze sculpture. The illusion of being a beanbag-like structure is positively intriguing.
“Bearlike Construction” 2012, Gimhongsok, Kukje Gallery of Seoul, Korea/Tina Kim Gallery of New York.
Finally, a whirlwind of metal – “Twin Vortexes” by Alice Aycock, crafted of painted aluminum – this piece feels as though it is truly in motion.
“Twin Vortexes,” 2012 (painted aluminum), Alice Aycock, Collins Park
Dylan Lewis is a South African artist who has emerged as one of the foremost figures in contemporary sculpture. Lewis has focused chiefly on the cat as his subject and has created an unrivalled collection on this theme – ranking as one of the most important collections of animal sculpture to come out of Africa. He has extended his artistic talents to the human form, especially its relationship with nature, and has had equal success as with his animals.
Nurtured by a family of artists and inspired by his mother and grandmother, Dylan Lewis first became a painter and it was only after the death of his father, well known sculptor Robin Lewis that he started to explore sculpture.
His sculptures touch the element, the pristine and the world of legend and enchantment. Lewis´s empathy with nature and its living forms is evident in his ability to powerfully convey the essence of predators & prey, and the environment in which we all exist.
Lewis´s primary inspiration is wilderness. At one level his bronze sculptures celebrate the power and movement of Africa´s life forms; at another the textures he creates speak of the continent´s primaeval, rugged landscapes and their ancient rhythms. He works intensively from life, filling books with sketches, notes and drawings. By referring to these in the solitude of his studio, he is able to reproduce the subject´s physical form while exploring their more abstract, deeper meaning.
World renowned Artist Ai Wei Wei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads opened on May 4th in the Pulitzer Fountain in Central Park’s Grand Army Plaza. The exhibition is on view from May 4th– July 15th 2011. This outdoor exhibition is made up of 12 larger than life bronze casted animal heads. Each head weighing over 800 pounds a piece and standing at 10 feet high making each beast peer down to the viewer. These heads represent the 12 traditional Chinese zodiac sculptures that were originally found in the fountain clock of the Chinese royal retreat Yuanming Yuan.
Ai Weiwei said in a statement, “My work is always dealing with real or fake, authenticity and value and how value relates to current political and social understandings and misunderstandings. However, because Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads is composed of animal heads, it’s a work that everyone can understand, including children and people who are not in the art world. I think it’s more important to show your work to the public. That’s what I really care about.”