Centennial Sculpture Park: Wendell Castle’s Unicorn Family

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Wendell Castle is an American furniture artist and a leading figure in American craft. He is often credited with being the father of the art furniture movement. His bold and graceful pieces, often organic, and sometimes whimsical, are crafted from rare and beautiful hardwoods, plastics, veneers, and metals in a timeless contemporary style. His expression of color and exotic materials are synonymous with the Wendell Castle name.

The Memorial Art Gallery commissioned this monumental cast-iron sculpture by Castle as one of the anchor installations of its planned Centennial Sculpture Park. The piece (working title Unicorn Family) will measure 22 feet in diameter and consist of a gathering area with a table and three chairs and a 13-foot LED lamp. A maquette of the work is on view in the Gallery’s Vanden Brul Pavilion. The piece is planned to be installed in spring 2013.

Read the Press release.

Some items in Central’s collection.

This is a reference book in Local History. A circulating copy is on order.

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Albert Paley: Park Avenue Works

From WXXI:

“World-renowned metal sculptor Albert Paley has been working on 13 newly executed sculptures that will be installed on Park Avenue in New York City as part of The Fund for Park Avenue’s Temporary Public Art Collection. WXXI has been given unprecedented access to Paley and his team, documenting the project every step of the way. The first webisode in this six-part web-only series goes live Thursday, May 16 right here on this page. Five more will follow every Thursday with the finale on June 20 feauring the installation of the sculptures on Park Avenue in New York City.”

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Last year the Arts Division had a change to visit Paley’s studio here in Rochester. Watch the video by Ove Overmyer here.

Items covering Paley’s Work here at Central

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Robert Marx: Print Maker, Painter, and Sculptor

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Robert Ernst Marx may live in western NY but his work reaches far beyond Rochester. His etchings, paintings, and sculptures have been exhibited in museums, galleries, and rare book rooms both here in the United States and in other countries. Marx has a BFA in painting and an MFA in printmaking. He has taught at many institutions including SUNY Brockport before he retired in 1990.

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Brockport is where I met him and studied printmaking under him.Now I am an Art Librarian at the Central Library in Rochester and develop our art collection in many areas including printmaking. I have wanted to bring his work to the attention of our library patrons and to other members of the Rochester art community.  When I studied with Marx he was doing etchings with very dark backgrounds known in the etching world as an aquatint. He is now doing figurative oil paintings on linen and also doing sculpture.
Read and see more at: Robert Ernst Marx

2nd Annual “Wonderland at Central” holiday ornament display: Call for Artists

An ornament on display at the Central Library of Rochester

The Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County is looking for individuals or groups to make large ornaments to hang from the ceiling and bridges of the library building during the month of December.  Last year we received some very creative pieces;  we’d like to see even more entries this year to brighten the Central Library during the dark winter.   Ornaments may reflect the festivity of the holidays, the craft traditions of various cultures or the beauty of the season.

Many Rochester natives of a “certain age” remember how much fun it was to visit downtown Rochester during the holidays in the era of big department store displays.  Midtown and the “magic mountain” may be gone, but  a visit to the Central Library to  see the ornaments, check out some books or DVDs, donate a pair of mittens to the mitten tree for needy children,  and have a cup of hot chocolate at Tim Hortons sounds like a wonderful family tradition.

For guidelines and an application form to display a handmade ornament, click HERE

New Sculpture Books

An eclectic group of 84 international artists guide us on a journey of beauty and art through 477 inspiring sculptures. Enjoy the variety of sculptures from the traditional to the avant garde, the serious to the whimsical. Artists employ a variety of media, including bronze, clay, glass, stone, and wood, as well as some less common materials such as ice, sand, and even food. The diversity of the their work and the range of their creativity and resourcefulness provides insight into the international trends in art today. The result is an eye-catching and wonderfully informative look at contemporary art. A must-have reference for serious art collectors and enthusiasts.

Entering the world of Les Lalanne is like entering a fairy tale world full of imagination and wildness. They inhabit a world full of animals, wild gardens, old fashioned gates and flower beds. Their sculptures are whimsical and at the same time elegant, with references to ancient French craftsmanship and twentieth-century Surrealism. An example of Claude’s work comes from her garden of choupattes or cabbages. Her cabbages are four feet tall and have chicken feet. As she casts from life, the size of her cabbage sculptures are determined by the size of the cabbage she grows, She says in Town and County, “the bigger the cabbage; the longer and more involved the casting and founding process. The sculptures are finished when they are given their chicken feet.” – http://worldartevents.blogspot.com/

This book is a collection of Albert Paley’s Exhibition held at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, N.Y. from May 1-June 27, 2010. Paley is Professor and Artist in Residence holding the Charlotte Fredericks Mowris Endowment Chair, at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Text by Carter Ratcliff, leading art critic and contributing editor of Art in America, whose writings have appeared in American and European Journals and in numerous museum publications.

The colorful geometric sculptures of Morton C. Bradley, Jr. (1912-2004), designed to be suspended from the ceiling, seem to float in the air like models of unknown, beautiful stars. As each sculpture slowly revolves, its intricate structure is transformed by a progression of colors that illuminate new aspects of its character. Bradley’s creations embody the mathematical structure of nature and the beauty of pure mathematics. In this lavishly illustrated first publication of Bradley’s remarkable body of work, bequeathed to Indiana University with which he had close ties, Lynn Gamwell explores the Harvard University milieu that gave rise to his artistic vision in the 1930s, his work as a painting conservator at the Fogg Museum, his study of music and mathematical patterning, and his founding of a workshop that fabricated these intricate handmade pieces, timelessly integrating pure Color and Form.

The magnificent artwork and uniquely Southern landscape of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art is celebrated in this book, complete with in-depth entries on artists including Henry Moore, Louise Bourgeois.

From its prehistoric origins to the conceptual modernity of the 20th century, sculpture has literally and figuratively molded the art world. Offering an integral vision of the evolution of forms across civilizations and epochs, 30 Centuries of Sculpture presents the masterpieces of sculpture that, with their intriguing silhouettes, have shaped the current notion of beauty. Sculptures can reflect an era, an artist, or his public; this gallery in high relief presents, with its numerous references, detailed commentaries on works, and biographies of artists, an open door to history and art, and an ideal guide for both students and neophytes.

One of the most important sculptors of his generation, Basque artist Eduardo Chillida (1924–2002) created monumental public sculptures that adorn buildings and public places worldwide. From Eulogy to the Horizon to Tolerance by Dialogue to the eighty-ton weathered steel work De Musica, which stands in front of the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Chillida’s work has enjoyed wide critical acclaim for its ability to convey tensions in space.
The first English-language book to consider Chillida’s entire career, Eduardo Chillida begins with the artist’s earliest work in Paris in the late 1940s and continues on to his return to the Basque Country, where he moved away from the clay and plaster studies of the human form that had been the focus of his work and began creating the large-scale metal sculptures for which he is best known. Among the most powerful of these metal works is Wind Combs, three segments of steel anchored to the rocks at the edge of the San Sebastian Bay. Later in his career, Chillida experimented with other media, including alabaster and wood. Also included in this book is a creative dialogue entered into in the 1960s with the German philosopher Martin Heidegger, who discovered an affinity with Chillida’s exploration of space.
Presented here are more than two hundred full-color images—selected by the artist’s son, Ignacio Chillida—that form a rich and varied exploration of the entire scope of Chillida’s career.-Amazon