Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Sculptures at the Denver Botanic Gardens

It was a beautiful morning when my husband, Len and I went over to the Denver Botanic Gardens to see the the newest exhibition, Stories in Sculpture, a selection of sculptures from the Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden in Minneapolis.
Walking Man by George Segal - 1988 - A thoughtful stance, with slightly hunched shoulders and hands in his pockets portrays a solitary figure, a sense of isolation.  Segal started out as a painter and then moved on the sculpting.  His figures lack color and detail, portraying almost a ghostly effect.
It was the perfect setting for Walking Man.
The flowers were spectacular, especially the poppies.
I love Debra Butterfield's horses.  The Denver Art Museum has several.  Last year there was a show dedicated to just Butterfield's horses at the gardens.  (See posts dated:  6/30/2105 and 7/1/2015).
Nike by Saul Baizerman - 1949-1952.  Nike in Greek mythology is the goddess of victory who often helped Zues with his fight against the Titans.  Often depicted without wings.  Baizerman from Russian with his academic training was influenced by mythological themes.
Standing Figure by English artist and sculptor, Henry Moore - 1961.  His works are usually abstractions of the human figure with void spaces which make the viewer fill in the blanks.  Standing Figure, an edition of six, reaches a height of 11'5" and weighs 1,200 pounds.
Ice Plant (Delosperma Ashtonii Blut) was almost fluorescent in this lighting.
One of my favorite sculptures was Dawn Tree - 1976 - by Louise Nevelson.  An American sculptor who immigrated from Russian in the early 20th century was best known for her monumental outdoor sculptures.
Young Woman by Georg Kolbe - 1926.  He was the leading German sculptor of his generation.
The Peonies were in their prime.
Horseman - 1949 - by Marino Marini.  An Italian sculptor who was particularly famous for his series of stylized equestrian statues.
Hare on Bell on Portland Stone Piers - 1983 - by Barry Flanagan, a Welsh sculptor known for his dramatic, monumental bronze hares that just leap to life.
Theater Set Element from Judith - 1950 - by American artist and landscape architect, Isamu Noguchi.  He was also famous for his set design.  But I know of him best for when there was a collaboration with Herman Miller and Noguchi, George Nelson, Paul Laszlo and Charles Eames to produce a collection of some of the most influential body of modern furniture ever produced.  Including the iconic Noguchi Table which is still in production today and one that I sold to one of my design clients a few years ago.
It is a wonderful sculpture exhibition.  Even though there are 13 pieces on display in the gardens, I chose to showcase the ones that I particularly liked.  The exhibition is here until October 2, 2016.

Denver Botanic Gardens
10th and York Street
Denver, Colorado 

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