I just uploaded a few new pictures to the Openings album. These were actually taken before the opening during installation. I’ll be adding more of the actual opening events as time permits.
Bartolini describes this detail: “Left to himself, the Genius of ambitious rectitude in work sleeps the agitated sleep of misfortune and glory…. his head extending beyond the perifphery of the world.” The table is signed and dated 1845, and was commissioned by Count Anatoly Nicolayevich Demidoff. It was given to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1903, and was positioned in the middle of the intersection of hallways when I saw it. Cupid and another sleeping boy also appear on the other side of the table top. Captured July 5, 2008.
I.M. Pei’s East Wing at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Completed in 1978, the building has a triangular grid, and is semi underground with pyramidal skylights. The atrium features a giant Caulder mobile. The building itself is a work of modern art, and the bronze plaque identifying it as an I.M. Pei building has been worn from people touching it. Captured March 2, 2011.
Sculpture in The Vatican. Captured Feb. 3, 2009.
Close up of the foot of a sculpture in The Vatican. Captured February 2, 2009.
Benini Sculpture Ranch, Feb 28, 2010
This ever changing kinetic sculpture by La Paso is one of many on the Benini Sculpture Ranch. As guests of Benini and his wife Lorraine, Joe and I visited the Ranch and enjoyed a tour of the studio and exhibit center, as well as a meandering drive around the 140 acre property.
The land is dotted by about 100 large-scale sculptures, and features a trail you can drive your vehicle through as well as a walking trail. Think safari. Well worth the one hour drive from San Antonio, the Sculpture Ranch is open to the public from 10AM to 6PM Thursday through Sunday. It is located about six miles west of Johnson City, TX. The Beninis are warm, welcoming artists, and they work and live on the Ranch full-time. The property used to belong to Lyndon Baines Johnson. It’s quite a drive down a winding dirt road to get to the Ranch, and the effect of the large sculptures in the rough landscape is striking and sometimes surreal.
Visit http://sculptureranch.com/ for more information.