Thursday, March 31, 2011

Contemporary Sculptors of Chicago - Ted Sitting Crow Garner..



Throne (for Martin Luther King, Jr.) [1995]..
at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park..

Hawk [part of Temporary Exhibit "Form in Flora", at Garfield Park Conservatory, 2010]..

March 31, 2011..
CONGRATULATIONS to Ted Sitting Crow Garner, for winning in Jeopardy on Tuesday! I don't know Wednesday's result..
This incidentally resulted in a phenomenal increase in "Views"/ Google Search on my Blogpost on him. So I decided to repost it..
REPOST: March 31, 2011..
ORIGINAL POST: September 8, 2010..

Original Post below..
Continuing with my series on Contemporary Sculptors of Chicago..
Here's Ted Sitting Crow Garner..


Yesterday, [Sep 7, 2010] I met Ted Sitting Crow Garner, at his Sedgwick Studio in the Old Town neighborhood. In fact five sculptors share the studio, others being John Adduci, Michael Young, S. Thomas Scarff and Jerry Peart..
I have met him earlier at the Art Chicago, 2010..
And it was great to meet a sculptor of Native American heritage..His great-great-grandfather Sitting Crow was a Blackfoot Sioux chief and Garner is a registered member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.



Ted Sitting Crow Garner earned his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. His sculpture has been exhibited throughout the United States and he has travelled the world assisting major artists with the installation of monumental sculpture. His large scale outdoor sculpture often incorporates the sinuous line of shaped steel tubing ..

Tussle..
at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park..
Art Prize, 2010.. Grand Rapids, Michigan..
For more, click here..


The engraving reads..
You can't keep a Down Man Good...



You Can't Keep a Down Man Good..
By Ted Sitting Crow Garner..
As part of "Countercurrents" by CSI members..
at, Art Chicago, 2010..
Location: Merchandise Mart..





He plays beautifully!!!!
And when I told him so, he said.. "I know!"

Check out..
# My FB Album, Ted Sitting Crow Garner..
# My FB Album, Contemporary Sculptors of Chicago - Various Artists...
# ..

Monday, March 28, 2011

Course of Events - by Fisher Stolz..



Course of Events..
By Hal Fisher Stolz
Location: off I-190..

Fisher Stolz is Associate Professor of Art [Sculpture Area Head] at Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois. And I can proudly say, he's a friend and I have seen a few of his Temporary Exhibits in Chicago, but wanted to photograph his large-scale permanent installtion in Chicago... Finally I could today..






Some of Fisher's Temporary Exhibits, I've seen..
- Moonbench ["Countercurrents", Art Chicago, 2010]
- Ray ["Form in Flora", Garfield Park, 2010]


Moonbench ["Countercurrents", Art Chicago, 2010]..


Ray ["Form in Flora", Garfield Park, 2010] ...


RELATED LINKS..
# Moonbench ["Countercurrents", Art Chicago, 2010]..
# Ray ["Form in Flora", Garfield Park, 2010] ...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ten Oldest Sculptures of Chicago

Above Image: - Drexel Fountain - by Henry Manger..

One fine day, I got curious about the early sculptures of Chicago, which were installed before 1900, and can still be found at public places.. This got me into perparing this list of the Ten Oldest sculptures of Chicago.. All these are between the period 1864-1890.. Soon I will list sculptures between 1890-1900..

Note the complete absence of abstract sculptures.. Correct me if I'm wrong, till the 1940's, I don't think there's any abstract sculpture in Chicago. The first abstract sculpture, at a public place in Chicago, was "Red Petals" [1942] by Alexander Calder, in the lobby of Arts Club of Chicago.. We all know that after the installation of "Untitled" [popularly known as Picasso] by Pablo Picasso in the Daley Plaza, in 1967, there was a profusion of abstract sculptures in Chicago.. But which are the earliest abstract sculptures in Chicago? Now this is another topic I would love to work on..
However, today, I begin with the ten earliest sculptures in Chicago..

1864: Volunteer Firefighters Monument - by Leonard W. Volk..
1869: Our Heroes: Civil War Monument - by Leonrad W. Volk..
1881: Stephen A Douglas Tomb and Memorial - by Leonard W. Volk..
1882: The Drexel Fountain - by Henry Manger..
1884: Indian Alarm - by John J. Boyle..
1886: Schiller Monument - by Ernst Bildhauer Rau..
1887: Abraham Lincoln Monument - by Augustus Saint-Gaudens..
1887: Eli Bates Fountain - by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
1889: LaSalle Monument - by Count Jacques de La Laing..
1889: Haymarket Riot Monument - by John Gelert..
1890: Carrie Eliza Getty Memorial - by Louis Sullivan..


1864: Volunteer Firefighters Monument - by Leonard W. Volk..


# 1869: Our Heroes: Civil War Monument - by Leonrad W. Volk..


# 1881: Stephen A Douglas Tomb and Memorial - by Leonard W. Volk..


# 1882: The Drexel Fountain - by Henry Manger..


# 1884: Indian Alarm - by John J. Boyle..


# 1886: Schiller Mionument - by Ernst Bildhauer Rau..


# 1887: Abraham Lincoln Monument - by Augustus Saint-Gaudens..


# 1887: Eli Bates Fountain - by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.


# 1889: LaSalle Monument - by Count Jacques de La Laing..


# 1889: Haymarket Riot Monument - by John Gelert..


# 1890: Carrie Eliza Getty Memorial - by Louis Sullivan..


# The Winged Victory of Samothrace...
This deserves a special mention.. Although I could not find information on when it was cast, it's made from the mold of the original sculpture from Greece, circa 200 BC.. Now the original is in the Louvre Museum, Paris, France..


RELATED LINKS..
# 1864: Volunteer Firefighters Monument - by Leonard W. Volk..
# 1869: Our Heroes: Civil War Monument - by Leonrad W. Volk..
# 1881: Stephen A Douglas Tomb and Memorial - by Leonard W. Volk..
# 1882: The Drexel Fountain - by Henry Manger..
# 1884: Indian Alarm - by John J. Boyle..
# 1886: Schiller Mionument - by Ernst Bildhauer Rau..
# 1887: Abraham Lincoln Monument - by Augustus Saint-Gaudens..
# 1887: Eli Bates Fountain - by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
# 1889: LaSalle Monument - by Count Jacques de La Laing..
# 1889: Haymarket Riot Monument - by John Gelert..
# 1890: Carrie Eliza Getty Memorial - by Louis Sullivan..
# The Winged Victory of Samothrace...

REFERENCES:
The post is heavily referenced from the book,
"A Guide to Chicago's Public Sculpture"
- by Ira J. Bach and Mary Lackritz Gray..

Sunday, March 6, 2011

This Blog dedicated to the Sculpture Community of Chicago..

















About three-four years back, sometime in 2007, I started to photograph and document the Public Art in Chicago. I had no idea that soon it would become my passion and now I've spent hours and hours and hours on it! I have no idea what drives me to it, but I've enjoyed every bit of the process, going to remote corners just to see a sculptural piece, trying to find information, meeting with sculptors, understanding their vision, seeing sculptures being made and not to forget some quality fun time involving lunches and drinks.. Now with more than 300 sculptural pieces documented, this blog is dedicated to the Sculpture Community of Chicago.. Past, Present and Future..

Past few days I have been updating my previous posts, with more images and information entered. I have also updated the Index and List of Sculptors/Artists.. Still a lot needs to be done. But do check out..
# Index..
# Sculptors/ Artists..
And my favourite has been meeting with sculptors..
# Contemporary Sculptors of Chicago..

I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to all the sculptors and artists who have welcomed me to their Studios and homes and shared their art with me. Thank You!!! Here's also a request to help me out in making it more comprehensive. A lot needs to be done. I am especially interested in outdoor Public Installations.. If you have one, please feel free to contact me.. Message me on FB, or email me or call me. Sometimes I'm a bit late at responding, but I do take note of each one of them..

Blog Stats has also been an eye-opener. The views by my FB friends is less than 10% of views from Google Search. It gives me a lot of satisfaction that the reach is much more than my friend-circle..

I end with some of my personal fav articles..
# Why I prefer sculptures over paintings..
# The Lost-Wax Process of Sculpture making.. [Documenting the making of "Bulldog and Hydrant", by Marshall Svendsen]..
# B.F. Ferguson Monument Fund... [There was hardly any information on it, and it took me a very long time making this list].
And a consistent TOP views.. is of two posts..
# AIC: Picasso's Women [& their Tragic Tales]..
# The Original Playboy Mansion..


And I Thank Jason Hawk, Eric Gushee and Salvador Dominguez for this photo!
Easily my Favourite!!! If you haven't noticed the page on the laptop is my Blog "Public Art in Chicago"..

DISCLAIMER: I am not a member of any sculpture group or organization. I am not a sculptors, nor an artist, nor a reporter with any magazine.. Documenting Public Art in Chicago is a pure hobby!!!