Sunday, August 29, 2010

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park: [Horizons: The Figurative World of Steinunn Thorarinsdottir]







Horizons [2007-08]..
By Steinunn Thorarinsdottir [Icelandic, b 1955]
[Pronounced: Stay-nun Thorens-daughter]
Cast-iron, glass
Loan courtesy of the artist.
Steinunn Thorarinsdottir lives and works in Reykjavik, Iceland..
Location: Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park..

Being a fan of Figurative Sculptures, one of my instant favourites at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, was a collection of figure-sculptures called "Horizons". These are 12 life-sized figures, of cast-iron, and each of these has a glass insert in their upper torso. The artist explains this juxtaposition of glass and iron, “The color of the iron signifies their primal quality—as if they are emerging from the earth,” while, “Glass as a material has a lot of different connotations. It can be fragile, yet dangerous. It can be translucent, or solid . . . It's like water, but also like air.”

"Thorarinsdottir’s work touches on themes of loneliness and isolation with threads of hope implied by glass inserts that provide an aura of spirituality,”
- Geoffrey Bates, Director and Curator of the park..













These sculptures reminded me of a few other figure sculptures I've seen in Chicago..
# Agora - By Magdalena Abakanowicz..
# Man on Bench - By George Segal..
# Bridge by Jennifer Dickson ..


Agora - By Magdalena Abakanowicz..
A collection of 106 sculptures in Grant Park..


Man on Bench - By George Segal..


Bridge by Jennifer Dickson..
I am putting the name of a very young Chicago based sculptor with the giants. And I wish Jennifer Dickson, Very Good Luck with her work.. This piece "Bridge" did allude a feeling of solitude and spirituality to me. When I saw it, I had no idea who the artist was, and much later when I found out about the sculptor, I was surprized how young she is! Now of course a FB friend!
Here's link to her website.. click here..

Coming back to Horizons by Steinunn Thorarinsdottir..
It is imperative to mention that this is one of the Temporary Exbibits, and not a part of the 26 large-scale sculptures at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park.. In fact it is the first of what is planned to be a series of temporary exhibitions of contemporary sculpture that will change on a regular basis.. Here's a link to the official website, click here..

Check these out..
# Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park - North Trail..
# Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park - South Trail..
# Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park - My Facebook Album ..

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park [Sculptures by Neil Goodman]..



Installation of Neil Goodman in the Park..
Wind, Four Corners, Ray, Ballast, Alcance..
[forground to background, left to right..]




Neil Goodman in the Park..
Solo Exhibition by Neil Gooman in the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park..
with five installations by Neil Goodman..
Wind, Four Corners, Ray, Ballast, Alcance..



Ballast 2004..


Four Corners, 2004..


Alcance, 2004..


Ray, 2004.. [Ray in the foreground, in the background is Ballast and Alcance]


Wind, 2004..

An excerpt from the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park website..
Goodman’s work is often associated with the gritty industrial surroundings that he views on his daily trip to work—the iron and steel factories and refineries of northwest Indiana. It has been seen in galleries with strong architectural settings where its presence is signaled by a quiet assertiveness..

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park - I [North Trail]

The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park [NMSP] is spread over more than one hundred acres of prairie landscape on the Governors State University Campus. The collection was established in the late 1960s by Lewis Manilow, a developer who was committed to the economic, educational and cultural development of the south metropolitan region.

There are 26 large-scale sculptures on display. These are subdivided into North Trail and South Trail..I begin with the North trail..



Oscar's Inclination [2003]
Artist: Michael Dunbar (American, b. 1947)
Materials: welded and painted steel
Gift of Dr. Christopher Graf
The marker reads..
Dunbar's monumental sculptures’ titles are often tied to music from which he believes they receive their "... sense of implied animation." This work's title, Oscar's Inclination, reflects Dunbar's enthusiasm for jazz and particularly the music of the late, legendary, pianist Oscar Peterson...



Illinois Landscape No. 5 [1976]
Artist: John Henry (American, b. 1943)
Materials: welded and painted steel
Commissioned by the Governors State University Foundation with assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The marker reads..
This sculpture, which measures 134 feet in length, is typical of John Henry's work. Through the careful arrangement of simple forms and with great attention to angles of incidence and visual weight, the artist has created a structure which seems, from a distance, to dance effortlessly across the landscape. But it is also an interactive work, so large the viewer can enter it, move easily between its monumental components observing the play of light and shade - experiencing the work from both the inside and out...



Outgrown Pyramid II [1973]..
Artist: Richard Hunt (American, b. 1935)
Materials: cor-ten steel
Gift of Morris Lipschultz ..
Its companion piece, Large Planar Hybrid is part of the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park collection..
The marker reads..
Outgrown Pyramid II reflects Hunt's unique vision and mature style. Here, he has combined elements of biomorphic and geometric abstraction. However, unlike Large Planar Hybrid, which provides the viewer with images of birds, this earlier work seeks a purely abstract formal resolution between the sweeping steel wave cresting the work and the immobile stability of its pyramid form below...



House Divided [1983]..
Artist: Bruce Nauman (American, b. 1941)
Materials: cast concrete
Commissioned by the Governors State University Foundation..
The marker reads..
Nauman draws on Midwestern roots for the form of this sculpture. The viewer is confronted with a large white building—typical of Midwestern farming sheds. When we step inside we are surprised to find the structure has, in fact, been divided in half, diagonally. Three entries to the outside create an uncomfortable space with no corners. Fully half of the structure has been rendered useless. The very private artist, he lives with his wife on a remote ranch in New Mexico, has observed that sometimes sculptures are created that appear to have a function, but when examined, don't. Ultimately, the object's function is for the viewer to ponder...



Yes! For Lady Day [1968-1969]..
Artist: Mark di Suvero (American, b. 1933, Shanghai, China)
Materials: railroad tank car, steel I-beams, cable
Gift of Lewis Manilow..
The marker reads..
Yes! For Lady Day was created over a period of two summers while diSuvero lived in a farmhouse on what was to become the GSU campus. Use of the house was loaned by Lewis Manilow, a prominent Chicago collector and philanthropist. The site became a gathering place for local sculptors: John Henry, Richard Hunt, John Chamberlain and others spent time there. Yes! For Lady Day was constructed of salvaged steel I-beams and a railroad tank car that was cut at a diagonal ellipse by the artist. DiSuvero’s distinctive approach has created an object of brutal beauty that dances in the prairie breeze. Its physical presence possesses all the hard-earned swagger of mid-20th Century U.S. culture, while its title directs us to a poignant note in American music history—the soulful and ultimately tragic blues singer Billie Holliday..



Bodark Arc [1982]..
Artist: Martin Puryear (American, b. 1941)
Materials: earth, wood, Osage orange trees, asphalt, stones, cast bronze
Commissioned by the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, GSU Foundation..
The marker reads..
Bodark Arc is an example of Land Art, so large it can be fully appreciated only by viewing from the air. Another example of this approach to sculpture can be found in Mary Miss’s Field Rotation, also in the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park...



Phoenix [1968]..
Artist: Edvins Strautmanis (American, 1933-1992 (born in Latvia))
Materials: painted steel I-beams
Gift of Lewis Manilow..
The marker reads..
Its title refers to the mythical phoenix, a bird with beautiful gold and red plumage. At the end of its life-cycle the phoenix builds itself a nest of cinnamon twigs that it then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix arises. The bird was also said to regenerate when hurt or wounded by a foe, thus being almost immortal and invincible—a symbol of fire and divinity. At dusk, Strautmanis’ sculpture frames the western sun, which, like its namesake, dies in flames only to reemerge in the eastern morning sky..



Flying Saucer [1977]..
Artist: Jene Highstein (American, b. 1942)
Materials: concrete, steel frame
Commissioned by the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park..
The marker reads..
Flying Saucer grew out of a group of works created between 1976–77. Large spherical sculptures were made by hand-troweling concrete over an armature of wood or steel. All were painted black. An untitled example of these works remains in front of the student union at the University of Chicago in Hyde Park...



Sisyphus' Aviary [1984]..
Artist: Dan Yarbrough (American, b. 1958)
Materials: painted steel rebar, painted stones
Loan courtesy of the artist ..
The marker reads..
In Sisyphus’ Aviary, the viewer encounters a group of rocks from which they might choose their burden. The sculpture disappears and reappears from view, depending on what time of day, year, or from which angle it is encountered. Its delicate and open steel tracery functions as a formal counterpoint to the many sculptures in the collection, which use flat steel as their primary medium...



Paul [2006]
Artist: Tony Tasset (American, b. 1960)
Materials: painted fiberglass over steel frame
Commissioned by the Art-in-Architecture Program, Capital Development Board, State of Illinois..



Frame [2005]..
Artist: Richard Rezac (American, b. 1952)
Materials: glazed brick, hand-formed ceramic ovals
Commissioned by the Art in Architecture Program, State of Illinois Capital Development Board..



Falling Meteor [1975]..
Artist: Jerry Peart (American, b. 1948)
Materials: welded and painted aluminum
Provenance: Purchased by the Governors State University Foundation..



Icarus
By Charles Ginnever (American, b. 1931)
1975 / welded Cor-ten steel ..
The marker reads..
Icarus is one of a series of important works fabricated by Ginnever during the mid-1970s which use classical Greek sources for their titles. In the myth of Daedalus and Icarus, the two are imprisoned on an island. Daedalus fashions two sets of wings from wax and feathers so they can begin to make their escape high above the Aegean Sea. Icarus, enthralled by his newfound freedom and unwilling to acknowledge his vulnerability, ignores his father's warnings and flies too close to the sun, melting the wax and plummeting to his death. The story is a cautionary tale highlighting humankind's arrogance. It has been referenced many times by artists as varied as Pieter Brueghel, Peter Paul Rubens, and Chicago Imagist, Roger Brown...



Untitled [1982]
Artist: Joel Shapiro (American, b. 1941)
Materials: cast bronze
Purchased by the Governors State University Foundation ..
The marker reads..
This untitled piece from 1982 is an intimate example of a series that Shapiro has explored for over 25 years. The viewer may initially see a group of cubist-influenced, oblong abstract forms. Soon, a figure with arms outstretched (or is it an energetic break-dancer, spinning on his head?) emerges. Shapiro reveals a deft hand, playing skillfully with our expectations of abstract sculpture...

There are 26 large-scale sculptures on display. These are subdivided into North Trail and South Trail..This post was of sculptures in the North Trail..
Check these out..
# Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park - North Trail..
# Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park - South Trail..
# Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park - My Facebook Album ..

Of the total 26 sculptures, I could see 23, I missed 3..
North Trail
[1] Clement Meadmore - It was removed for whatever purpose?
South Trail
[2] Mary Miss - Field Rotation
[3] Etienne Martin - Lanleff - Demeure No. 4

Friday, August 27, 2010

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park - II [South Trail]

Continued from the above post on Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park..
There are 26 large-scale sculptures on display. These are subdivided into North Trail and South Trail..
The above post was on the sculptures in North tail..
This post ison sculptures in the South Trail..



Art Ark [1981, refabricated 2006]..
Artist: Terrence Karpowicz (American, b. 1948)
Materials: weathered wood, steel and brass fittings
Gift of Morris Lipschultz ..
The marker reads..
Art Ark evolved from two threads of interest: during a stay at the Ox-Bow artists’ colony in Saugatuck, Michigan, Karpowicz produced works he called “Vehicles for Transportation to the Afterlife.” Somewhat coincidentally, he visited Egypt shortly thereafter and became fascinated by the ancient Egyptian preparation of the dead. His interest in the interactive possibilities of sculpture came together with these experiences.
He thought, “How wonderful it might be to create an object which a person could enter and actually move.” Art Ark is designed so that a person might sit on the lowest bar of the lattice at the open end and gently rock the structure back and forth...





Throne (for Martin Luther King, Jr.) [1995]..
Artist: Ted Sitting Crow Garner (American, b. 1957)
Materials: wood, painted steel tubing
Loan courtesy of the artist..



Large Planar Hybrid [1973-74]..
Artist: Richard Hunt (American, b. 1935)
Materials: welded cor-ten steel
Purchased by the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, GSU Foundation Collection of the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park..



Working on the Failed Utopia [2005]
Artist: Christine Tarkowski (American, b. 1967)
Materials: screen print on rice paper and laminated fiberglass attached to steel geodesic dome ..
Commissioned by the Art in Architecture Program, State of Illinois Capital Development Board ..



Arc 3 [1983]..
Artist: Mike Baur (American, b. 1951)
Materials: limestone, concrete, steel
Long-term loan, courtesy of the artist..



Passage [1998]..
Artist: James Brenner (American, b. 1960)
Materials: welded mild steel..
Gift od Cozzi Metal and Iron..



Mock II, V-Form, 1976..
Artist: John Payne (American, 1929-2004)
Materials: painted steel
Loan courtesy of the artist..

There are 26 large-scale sculptures on display. These are subdivided into North Trail and South Trail..This post was of sculptures in the North Trail..
Check these out..
# Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park - North trail..
# Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park - South Trail..
# Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park - My Facebook Album ..

Of the total 26 sculptures, I could see 23, I missed 3..
North Trail
[1] Clement Meadmore - It was removed for whatever purpose?
South Trail
[2] Mary Miss - Field Rotation
[3] Etienne Martin - Lanleff - Demeure No. 4

Monday, August 23, 2010

Lorado Taft [Various sculptures in Chicago]


Lorado Taft [center] self-portrait at the sculpture "Fountain of Time"..



Lorado Taft [center] self-portrait at the sculpture "Fountain of Time"..

Lorado Taft is my all-time favourite Chicago sculptor.  I love Taft's figure sculptures! These are more in the Beaux Arts tradition, amply found in Chicago. Taft's works were detailed. He gave shape to lofty ideas and championed symbolism. In fact,Taft never espoused modernism. Although a dominant and significant figure in Chicago's art history, his style has largely been rejected by younger generation [which is more in synch with international trends in sculptures towards minimalism and abstraction]..

Lorado Taft [1860-1936].. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degree from the University of Illinois and trained at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris [in 1880's]. After returning from Paris he became an instructor at the Art Institute of Chicago and taught at the University of Chicago. In 1903, Taft published "History of American Sculpture", the country's first serious history of American plastic arts. He opened Midway Studios, a "traditional atelier," where he instructed and cultivate aspiring artists. In 1891, Lorado Taft was commissioned to create a sculpture for the Horticultural Building at the World's Columbian Exposition..He became a champion of women sculptors, including the infamous “White Rabbits”. [More on it at the end of the post, scroll down]. Taft was the founder of the Eagle’s Nest Art Colony..

Here are some of Lorado Taft's works in Chicago..
Check out my Album on Lorado Taft, on Facebook.. click here..



Solitude of the Soul..
Sculptor: Lorado Taft
1914 / Marble
Location: Art Institute of Chicago
Galleries of American Art - Sculpture Court [Gallery: 161]..



Fountain of the Great Lakes..
Sculptor: Lorado Taft ..
Bronze work created between 1907-1913.
Location: South Garden at the Art Institute of Chicago...
First monument commissioned by the B.F.Ferguson Monument Fund, as a memorial to B.F.Ferguson..
Fountain of the Great Lakes is an allegorical sculpture by Lorado Taft. As the name suggests, this fountain represents the five great lakes.. The five women are so arranged that the water flows through them in the same way water passes through the Great Lakes.
# For more.. click here..



Fountain of Time..
By Lorado Taft ...
Reflecting pool: Howard Van Doren Shaw
1922 / Concrete
Location: Western edge of the Midway Plaisance in the Washington Park ..
Washington Park is registered in the National Register of Historic Places, and this sculpture is a contributing structure in this achievement ..
Commissioned by the B.F.Ferguson Monument Fund, to commemorate the first 100 years of peace between the United States and Great Britain, resulting from the Treaty of Ghent in 1814 ...
# For more on Fountain of Time, click here..




The Iroquois Memorial Tablet [1912]
The bronze bas-relief plaque was created by Lorado Taft, a renowned Chicago sculptor, to commemorate the Iroquois Theater Fire of 1903.
# For more on "Iroquis Memorial Tablet" - click here..





Idyl..
By Lorado Taft..
1913 / Marble..
Location: Garfield Park..
Check out it's companion sculpture "Pastoral"..
The marker reads..
These "little whimsies... represent care-free maiden and faun-like youth of some remote period as they idle and play in the forests of Arcadia. It was my thought merely to make something graceful and appropiatre for the greenhouse, something that would add to the impressions of fairyland which strikes all visitors in that wonderful place."
# More on Pastoral.. click here..
# More on Idyl.. click here..



Pastoral..
By Lorado Taft..
1913 / Marble
Location: Garfield Park..
Also in Garfield Park it's companion sculpture "Idyl"..
The marker reads..
Sculptor Lorado Taft originally crafted this pair of sculptures in plaster for a 1909 art exhibition in Garfield Park garden. In 1913, they were executed in marble and placed at the entrance of Garfield Park Conservatory's Palm House..
# More on Pastoral.. click here..
# More on Idyl.. click here..



Eternal Silence /Statue of Death..
By Lorado Taft
1909/ Bronze..
Graceland Cemetery..
Dexter Graves [1789-1844] .. was one of the first settlers who, according to the inscription on the back of the polished black granite slab, “brought the first colony to Chicago, consisting of 13 families, arriving here July 15, 1831 from Ashtabula, Ohio, on the schooner Telegraph.”
Also in Graceland Cenetery is Taft's Crusader..
# For more on Eternal Silence.. click here ..
# For more on Crusader.. click here..



The Crusader..
1931 /Granite
Tomb of Victor F. Lawson
Graceland Cemetery..
Crusader, a huge granite statue of a knight in armor was carved by Lorado Taft in 1931.. Crusader marks the grave of newspaper publisher Victor Lawson [1850-1925], who established the Chicago Daily News in 1875..
Also in Graceland Cenetery is Taft's Eternal Silence..
# For more on Crusader.. click here..
# For more on Eternal Silence.. click here ..



Heald Square Monument..
George Washington, Robert Morris and Hyam Salomon Memorial holding hands ..
Sculptor: Lorado Taft ..
Completed: 1941
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: September 15, 1971
Commissioned by The Patriotic Foundation of Chicago..
Heald Square Monument honors Nathan Heald, commander of Fort Dearborn from 1810-1812.. In the statue we see George Washington is portrayed clasping the hands of two of his civilian supporters, Robert Morris and Hyam Salomon. These these two men could be called the financiers of the American Revolution. Lorado Taft, whose forebears fought in the Revolutionary War, designed the monument, which become his last work. It was completed by Leonard Crunelle..
# For more, click here..

Some of his famous works outside of Chicago are..
- "Columbus Fountain" [1912] at Union Station Plaza, Washington,  click here ...
- " Eternal Indian"  / "Blackhawk" [1911] statue at Oregon, Illinois, click here...
- "Alma Mater" [1929] at Urbana, click here...
- "Lincoln, the Young Lawyer" [1927] at Urbana,
- "Pioneer" in Elmwood..
Tivia: His relief sculptures at the World's Columbian Exposition, Horticulture Building, were named, "The Sleep of Flowers" and "The Awakening of Flowers"..

White Rabbits
White Rabbits was the name given to a group of women sculptors who worked with Lorado Taft at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893.

Wikipedia informs.. click here..
As the date of the opening grew closer Taft realized that he would not be able to complete the decorations and discovering that all the male sculptors to be had were already employed elsewhere. So he asked Burnham if he could use women assistants, an occurrence that was virtually unheard of at that time. Burnham's reply was that Taft could, "Hire anyone, even white rabbits, if they can get the work done." Taft, an instructor of sculpture at the Chicago Art Institute, who had many qualified women students and who frequently employed women assistants himself, brought in a group of women assistants who were promptly dubbed "the White Rabbits." From the ranks of the White Rabbits were to emerge some of the most talented and successful women sculptors of the next generation.
These were..
Julia Bracken (Wendt), Carol Brooks (MacNeil), Helen Farnsworth Mears, Margaret Gerow (Proctor), Mary Lawrence (Tonetti), Bessie Potter Vonnoh, Janet Scudder, Enid Yandell..

RELATED LINKS..
Lorado Taft in Chicago
Lorado Taft - Fountain of Time [1922, Hyde Park]
Lorado Taft - Fountain of the Great Lakes [1913, AIC]
Lorado Taft - Solitude of Soul [1914, AIC]
Lorado Taft - The Iroquois Memorial Tablet [1912]
Lorado Taft - Pastoral [1913 - Garfield Park Conservatory]
Lorado Taft - Idyl [1913, Garfield Park Conservatory]
Lorado Taft - Eternal Silence [1909, Graceland Cemetery]
Lorado Taft - Crusader [Graceland Cemetery]
Lorado Taft and Leonard Crunelle - Heald Square Monument