When Artists Divorce


How much more enjoyable it is to speak of love and marriage than of splitting up, but divorce happens, and it happens to artists at probably the same rate as for everyone else. Marital property – everything acquired during the marriage – needs to be divided in some way: the cars, the house, the bank account, the furniture. So, too, the artwork created by the artist-spouse, and along with the physical objects are current and future revenues from licensing as well as the copyright. Continue reading

Dark Matters

Catie Newell Sculpture

Catie Newell, Overnight, 2016, Courtesy of the artist. © Catie Newell

Streetlights serve a vital role in any city, keeping property value afloat and deterring crime.  But the Detroit Free Press acknowledged in an article that, until recently, Detroit’s street-lighting system was “an international embarrassment and the worst in the nation,” with around only half of its streetlights operational due to copper scrapping and neglect.  In places, the resultant dark, moody cityscape seemed eerily at odds with Detroit’s high population.  Since 2013, the city has been installing tens of thousands of new light emitting diode (LED) streetlights.  As this massive undertaking progressed, Catie Newell, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan, began to find surprising beauty within Detroit’s gritty, nocturnal urban chiaroscuro. Continue reading

Art in the Eastside – 20:20 Billboards

Tom Pfannerstill Sculpture

Tom Pfannerstill, Heads Installation. Photo by George Robb.

The billboard project does not have the conventional markers of public art. It’s not put out to tender, heavily funded or permanently sited; the images that temporarily dot the roads of East Belfast are not even made with this format or their location in mind. Instead, they are snapshots of artists’ practices, blown up and quietly slipped into the public sphere for a few weeks at a time. Continue reading

Rodin’s Visceral Vision

Rodin Sculpture

Rodin surrounded by plasterworks in his studio. Photographed by Eugène Druet Ph.203. 10 × 10 in. (25.6 × 25.2cm).

The new Musée Rodin book does an excellent job of framing Rodin’s multi-faceted legacy. It covers the artist’s beginnings, historical contexts, studio practice, and artistic achievements, including the surprising fact that Rodin failed the École des Beaux-Arts sculpture admissions test three times and largely developed his sculpture practice on his own. Due to space limitations, my review will address three facets not fully fleshed out in this well-illustrated volume: why Camille Claudel’s role is still under-explored;  how Rodin enlarged the platform for sculpture and public art as he ushered in subjects lacking conventional beauty and frontal male nudity; and how his erotic art challenged the sexual taboos of his era (and even our own). Continue reading

Federico Bacher – Entre Culturas

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Federico Bacher Sculpture

HUA, Flor, ensamble en cañas de bamboo chino. Diametro 9m, altura 4m. Realizado para PAC, Universidad de Shanghai. Sistema de estructura desarmable. Escultura/Arquitectura: espacio social de recreacion para sentarse y recrear.

Federico Bacher comienza sus estudios en la Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Priliano Pueyrredón y cinco años más tarde se traslada a Florencia, Italia, donde como autodidacta estudiante del Instituto Satatale D´Arte di Fierenze, logra acceder a todos los museos y espacios donde podía quedarse observando y registrando el trabajo de los grandes maestros del Renacimiento y el Barroco. Fue alumno y asistente de grandes escultores y artistas como Aurelio Macchi, Rubén Locaso y Magda Frank, aprendiendo mucho más que las técnicas formales: el compromiso y pasión por su oficio ante todo. Continue reading

Interview with Zachary Betts

Betts Zachary Sculpture

Betts Zachary, The Look Back

Zachary Betts is an artist currently living and working in Austin, TX. Betts’ work, a carefully reorganized consideration of the objects and spaces around us, is precise yet ineffably mortal, demanding time and careful looking in order for its intricacies and relationships to unfold. He was generous enough to talk about the nature of his present sculptures, the shifts in his work over time, and how the logic of casting has made its way into his current way of making. Continue reading