Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Around Sculpture

Last week, I attended the opening of a new show at Venice's LA Louver gallery with my dear friend Spangler. I loved the gouache paintings by Sol LeWitt, as well as the sculpture above, by Joel Shapiro. It's magical how it seems to be falling, as if in motion, and how the lights multiply its shadows, like echos of light and darkness.

This made me reflect on how different LA and Paris are. LA, all angles and modern; Paris, voluptuous and old, as reflected in this sculpture by Antoine Bourdelle, in the garden of the Paris museum that bears his name.

21 comments:

marie said...

I guess there are good things in the old and the new. its nice to have both:)

donna baker said...

I used to not care for modern much; too spare for my collecting bug. Now, I love it. As I tell my kids, the world would be a boring place if everything were the same...

Mary-Laure said...

DONNA - it's so great that you got to open up to new art forms! It takes a very open mind...

Laura in Paris said...

I love modern design, have always done .. but I love Paris too.

Taocito said...

oooooh is that a design version of Jenga?
As a pooch i tend to be more attracted to classic shapes I can sniff as my sight is no longer reliable.

Debra said...

Each have their own beauty and I do love your photos. I guess I seem to have a greater appreciation for the older-which make me realize I need to see more of the modern and yes- open my mind. What a nce day you and your friend must have had.

Joyce said...

Each piece gives a different feeling. I like both pieces. I'm all about adding a little yesterday to today. xo

KIRAFASHION said...

oh, Paris!

Anonymous said...

what an exquisite sculpture ... where can I see when I next visit Paris?

Mary-Laure said...

DEBRA - we did. After the show, we went to have dinner at a wonderful restaurant nearby, Axe.

ANONYMOUS - the sculpture is at the Musée Antoine Bourdelle, on the street Antoine Bourdelle. It's just a couple of blocks away from the Montparnasse tower and metro station. They have many, many more sculptures in the garden and the building.

Giulia said...

Both are lovely. I had to challenge myself re: modern earlier in life. Fortunate to be in DC & it's not all neo-classical (as many think). The photographs are lovely, M-L. Was thinking that GG needed to ask Benjy the Oracle a few things but don't know if he is in the mood nowadays. Will check back later. In an under-the-weather situation. But on upside, have new winter coat (finally) & scarf. Bad weather on its way so for first time in quite awhile, prepared for it.

Cheers from Giulia as well...she's snoring next to me. That girl...nothing gets her upset...we're opposites, thank goodness.

xoSusan & GG

Rina said...

Me encanta la escultura y mas que todo que pusiste dos estilos con mucho contraste entre lo moderno y lo clasico, aun asi se ve hermoso...

Anonymous said...

OUI,OUI,OUI...personnellement j'aime ce qui REPRESENTE quelque chose que ,par sa forme et ses contours,je peux identifier. Pour moi, le moderne ne repond pas a mes exigences...

Joyful said...

Interesting comparison. I prefer the voluptuous and the old though many of my friends do not :-)

BTW, I'm having my first giveaway and would love it if you would drop by and participate. Best of luck and happy weekend!

Mary-Laure said...

GIULIA - oh yes, I know that DC is a great place for arts of all kinds. Fabulous museums.
Please tell mademoiselle Julie that the Oracle is always available for questions, especially from fellow four-pawed creatures. And since she's a cat but far away in DC, there's no chance he might chase her up a tree with his barks...

ANONYMOUS - JL, c'est toi?

JOYFUL - oh, a giveaway! I won't miss it. Thanks for the heads up.

TheCluelessCrafter said...

Ah, my touch of the West Coast. Glad you stopped by Mary-Laure!

It was a simple thought but a great one to kick off my weekend. I am going to art galleries in Chelsea this weekend and will think about the artist's location when the piece was made. Does it reflect the area in which the work was created? Is it voluptuous? Is it rectilinear? Why?

By the way, how do I subscribe to your blog? I see no RSS. . .

Sam said...

Yes! I love the shadows that those sculptures cast. I also love the "trad" Paris sculpture - I think there's room to love both of these styles in my life! P.S. I actually thought of you when I posted that Avedon photo!! :)

Mary-Laure said...

CLUELESSCRAFTER - Maybe you'll post about your art gallery visits next week? I'd love that, so let me know if you do.
And yes, I need to add the RSS feature, forgot about that. Will do.

SAM - aaaawww, it's so sweet of you to have thought of me when you posted that great Avedon pic! I'm so predictable :)

Denise said...

wow! i find them both amazing. There's beauty in every form.

I am Denise Katipunera

Mary-Laure said...

DENISE - exactly! All kinds of arts can be meaningful, moving and beautiful.

jean-louis said...

OUI,c'estbien moi et je ne sais pas comment mon nom n'est pas sorti. Bises j-l