sculpture

Donald Judd
12:12 am
Sun December 21, 2014

Sculpture Gets A $200,000 Facelift At Laumeier

Donald Judd's Untitled, 1984 recently underwent a three stage conservation process to keep presentation in line with the artist's wishes.
Credit Kevin J. Miyazaki/Courtesy of Laumeier Sculpture Garden

Famed minimalist artist Donald Judd’s sculpture at the Laumeier Sculpture Garden just got a $200,000 facelift.

“People see things outside and think it’s just like a car sitting outside on their driveway, but a car sitting outside will show a lot of damage and weather wearing and so on and so forth,” said Executive Director Marilu Knode.

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Cityscape
4:53 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Saint Louis Art Museum Opens Polynesian Sculpture Exhibit

"I knew it wasn't the hair, and I knew it wasn't the eye," Michael Gunn, a senior curator at the National Gallery of Australia, said of a sculpture of Polynesian god A'a. "It became clear that it's that space between the eye and the eyebrow. I realized that's the part of us where our visual imagination is located. It just shows you the attention and the focus that the people had and the value they place on visual imagination."
Credit Courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum

The Saint Louis Art Museum's "Atua: Sacred Gods From Polynesia" exhibition takes a closer look at sculpture and religion, but it's not the first time the museum has explored art from the region.

"The museum's been collecting Pacific art since the 1900s," said Nichole Bridges, associate curator in charge of the arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the museum. "Most of the permanent Pacific arts collection comes from Melanesia; we have very little that comes from Polynesia. This is a nice complement to our collection."

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City Museum
9:59 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Cassilly Kids Help Keep Bob’s Spirit Alive At City Museum, Three Years After His Death

Max and Daisy Cassilly both work at the museum their parents created.
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

When your childhood’s spent roller blading, building forts and doing your homework among the rubble that would become St. Louis’ iconic City Museum, where else are you going to work when you grow up?

Max and Daisy Cassilly were in their early elementary-school years when their parents, Bob and Gail, began transforming the dilapidated 11-story former International Shoe building on Washington Avenue in 1995. The family practically lived there for two years.

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Getting Close To Goal
11:21 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Fundraising Efforts Continue For Alton Statue Of Miles Davis, Statue Design Underway

Sculptor Preston Jackson with his cubist-influenced Miles Davis statue clay model.
Credit Photo courtesy of the artist.

Miles Davis once said, “Always look ahead, but never look back.” Yet some Alton residents believe looking back is a matter of pride.

The Miles Davis Memorial Project maintains a varied fundraising approach in its effort to erect a statue in Davis’ honor. The group has held events, started Indiegogo campaigns and gathered donations.

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Commentary
4:11 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Commentary: Has The Definition Of Sculpture Changed?

Nancy Kranzberg

The standard definition of sculpture in almost any dictionary says that sculpture is the art of modeling, welding or otherwise producing figurative or abstract works of art in three dimensions, as in relief, intaglio or in the round.

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Missouri Botanical Garden
11:21 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Artist To Explain How 300,000 LEGOs Became Climatron Surprises

Snake
Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

Everybody thinks their own kids are geniuses when they make cars, castles and the occasional bridge out of LEGOs. But a New York artist has truly transformed what must’ve been the world’s largest LEGO set into 25 nature-themed sculptures.

Sean Kenney’s traveling exhibit currently occupies the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Climatron, posing behind plants, crouching over the soil and waiting to be discovered.

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5-year Anniversary
10:09 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Citygarden, How Have You Grown? Photos Tell The Story

Even before Citygarden opened, the rabbits -- such as the one at left -- had discovered the park. No visitor ever got to see the hollyhocks because the bunnies ate them..
Credit File photo | Rachel Heidenry

A birthday party will be held Wednesday for St. Louis' youngest urban treasure: Citygarden. In honor of its fifth birthday, the lunchtime concert featuring DJ Nune, will run from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and refreshments will be served.

Five years ago, a St. Louis Beacon article said:

"Build it and they will come? Most definitely.

"Citygarden, which opened today, was full of curious visitors ready to explore. Even skeptics came away with enthusiastic reviews.

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Sculpture
9:17 am
Mon June 23, 2014

STL Art Game-Changers: Stan Chisholm Makes 'Weird Stuff' To Honor His Hometown

Paper plates become canvases for Stan Chisholm.
Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio Intern

Stan Chisholm’s whole working-in-Styrofoam thing started with a need to keep moving.

Wood is heavy. Styrofoam is light. It can be broken into pieces and easily transported in a suitcase or even a backpack, especially important during his car-less time at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Its unconventionality also infuses a bit of dark comedy into Chisholm’s work.

“It’s kind of a parody,” Chisholm, 27, said. “I don’t know anyone who uses foam like me.”

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St. Louis on the Air
5:02 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

A 100-Year-Old Naked Woman In St. Louis Is Restored To Her Natural Beauty

The Naked Truth monument in Reservoir Park
Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

Climbing to the top of the Compton Hill Water Tower can give an excellent view of the city, but near its base you can find a much more controversial sight: a 100-year old naked woman. Reservoir Park, at South Grand and Shaw, is home to the Naked Truth monument which honors three turn-of-the-century German-American journalists.

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Sculpture City
12:01 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

What Is Public Art? Conference Puts St. Louis Sculptures In the Spotlight

Eye, by Tony Tasset, is one of the sculptures conferees can see. The 2007 piece at Laumeier Sculpture Park is made of fiberglass, resin, oil paint and steel and is 452 inches in circumference.
Credit Laumeier Sculpture Park

Updated  Thursday, April 10 to include material from St. Louis on the Air.

As home to works such as Eero Saarinen’s “Gateway Arch” and Richard Serra’s “Twain” and to places such as Laumeier Sculpture Park and Citygarden, St. Louis has established itself as a formidable player in the public sculpture arena. This reputation is likely to be bolstered by the Monument/Anti-Monument Conference here from April 10-12. It is part of the Sculpture City St. Louis 2014 initiative.  

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