October 25, 1986 |
Situated where mountain, sea and sky abruptly meet at the westernmost tip of this city, Eduardo Chillida's sculpture "Wind Combs" stands as an eloquent statement of the war between the elements and the artist's vision. The three sets of huge steel prongs that comprise the sculpture are situated so that an almost palpable tension ebbs and flows among them. Although others have built larger sculptures, few have made such articulate use of such a large space.
June 9, 1989 |
The fifth manifestation of the Ilan-Lael Foundation's annual juried sculpture competition, currently on view at the Lyceum Theatre in Horton Plaza, presents a combination of highlights and low-lights typical of such exhibitions. The resulting impression created by the 44 works by 22 San Diegans, plus several more pieces by guest artist Guillermo Castano of Tijuana, rises only slightly above mediocrity. This is especially disappointing considering the estimable ambitions of the foundation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1996
Because of public acclaim, the distinctive, oversize bronze sculptures by artist Fernando Botero will remain on display in a Beverly Hills park until March 31. The 15 statues--ranging from a reclining nude woman to a 12-foot-high hand--have prompted so many calls that city officials agreed to extend the exhibit for two months. The sculptures are seen by thousands of motorists daily as they pass Beverly Gardens Park on busy Santa Monica Boulevard.
July 11, 2004
The picture accompanying "Denver Show, African Roots," [News, Tips & Bargains, May 30] was magnificent. Readers who cannot travel to Denver this summer should mark their calendars for late July because they will have an opportunity to see in Pasadena an array of African sculpture from Zimbabwe carved by second- and third-generation Shona artists. Exhibit-goers can stroll through the grounds of Neighborhood Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Ave., where I am a member and volunteer, to view large garden sculptures on the lawn, as well as smaller sculptures in the airy chapel.
March 26, 2011 |
Reporting from Encinitas, Calif. ? On opening night of Alison Saar's exhibition and residency at the Lux Art Institute in Encinitas, sculptures stood on the floor and on pedestals, hung from the ceiling and were mounted on the wall, much like any of her gallery installations. But in one corner lay a dozen planks of Douglas fir, laminated into a solid block and held together by furniture clamps. By the end of Saar's monthlong working retreat, which concludeded last week, that lumber had come to life, and in place of the artist's materials and a cartful of tools stood a figure of compelling presence: a woman, slightly larger than life-size, carved in wood and clad in patches of copper.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2000 |
A proposal by the Community Redevelopment Agency to spend $84,000 on a surrealist sculpture as the entrance to the NoHo Arts District has divided the community, with the head of one group calling for a delay until there is more local scrutiny. Glenn Hoiby, who chairs the elected redevelopment Project Area Committee, asked the CRA board Monday to postpone action until his panel has a chance to review the proposal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2000 |
Giving up their free time and sometimes their lunch period, 15 young people at a residential drug and alcohol treatment center helped create a water sculpture that was unveiled Thursday at Phoenix House. "Harmony Water Sculpture," created from three masonry basins reminiscent of shells, was installed outside in a grassy area where visitors, staff and the treatment center's 150 residents, ages 12 to 18, go to relax and reflect.
March 10, 2011 |
By early 2006, John Frame had given up on art. He had whittled away the year before in silence, as static in his work as the motionless sculptures that populated his cramped Wrightwood studio. He couldn't start a single project. Everything seemed wrong. "I had shut down," he said. But then, a week or two after closing his studio door for good, he woke up from his artistic torpor ? at 2 in the morning, inspired like he'd never been before. "It came as a single download," Frame said.
January 22, 2010 |
In a 1506 drawing made as a study for an altarpiece in Venice, German artist Albrecht Dürer placed the dark pupil of an angel's right eye smack in the compositional center of the sheet. The eye of a mystical, mythological creature is the visual and conceptual pivot around which everything else turns, and it corresponds with the human instrument of visual perception. Tom LaDuke is up to something similar in "A Gothic Plot," one of seven paintings and five sculptures, all recent, in a terrific show that inaugurates Angles Gallery's new home.
June 26, 1991 |
A 7,500-year-old, quartz-hard American Indian sculpture of a bear has joined the ranks of reptiles, insects, minerals and fossils as an official symbol of the state of California. Taking time out from budget woes, Gov. Pete Wilson this week signed into law a bill that makes the Chipped Stone Bear the official prehistoric artifact of California--the first state in the nation to make such a designation.