Peggy Roalf

Marco Palli: New Herd of Thoughts

By Peggy Roalf   Wednesday February 20, 2019

  Marco Palli; from  The New Herd of Thoughts, closing Thursday at The New York Studio School Last spring I met the sculptor Marco Palli at his MFA thesis exhibition at The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture. Installed in the historic Chester French Studio, this group of towering "figures" made of rusting steel, together with several that reclined ...   Read the full Story >>

Animation: Architecture + Sculpture + Movement = Fine-Art

Vimeo   Monday February 10, 2014

The video installation Walking City,created by Matt Pyke of the British design studio Universal Everything, combines elements of sculpture, architecture and movement into a piece of mesmerizing art, desclares the Huffington Post. “Referencing the utopian visions of 1960’s architecture practice Archigram, Walking City is a slowly evolving video sculpture,” notes Pyke at Vimeo. “The language of materials and patterns seen in radical architecture transform as the nomadic city walks endlessly, adapting to the environments she encounters.”   Read the full Story >>

A Conversation with Marco Palli, V.2

By Peggy Roalf   Thursday February 6, 2020

Marco Palli, a New York-based sculptor from Venezuela, opened an exhibition of new work at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture (NYSS) last week. The show honors the Larry Einbender Travel Award, which sponsored his anthropological research in Europe last fall. As a friend and colleague who often writes on the subject, he graciously agreed to meet in the gallery ...   Read the full Story >>

Dept of Ideas: Portraits of Forensic Facial Sculptures

feature shoot   Tuesday March 25, 2014

They may look amusing at first glance, but New York-based photog Arne Svenson’s portrait series “Unspeaking Likeness” is deeply unfunny, notes Feature Shoot: The images depict forensic facial reconstruction sculptures of unidentifiable suspected murder victims. After coming across his first forensic reconstruction at the Mütter Museum, Svenson spent four years traveling across the United States and Mexico, photographing reconstructions made by forensic artists using the skulls of victims.   Read the full Story >>

Dept of Ideas: "Growing" 3D-Printed Zoetropes

STASH   Monday August 31, 2015

The team at Nervous System  explores the intersection of science, art, and technology, writing code based on processes and patterns found in nature to create art, jewelry, clothes and housewares. Now they’ve created a video, Growing Objects, which features  “a series of kinetic sculptures that illustrate algorithmic growth processes.” Inspired by 19-century zoetropes, these interactive sculptures consist of 3D printed objects that, when spun and illuminated, animate the development of complex forms, notes Stash.   Read the full Story >>

Dept of Ideas: 3D-Printed Objects As Spinning Motion Art

THE VERGE   Thursday January 22, 2015

The Internet has discovered the beauty of Stanford design instructor John Edmark’s 3D-printed objects—sculptures that, notes Motionographer, rethink the classic zoetrope. The objects are pleasing even while sitting still on a table, adds the Verge, but when spun at the right speed—137.5 degrees of rotation—while synced to a flashing strobe, they miraculously morph. Happily, Edmark has captured the magic on video by setting his camera to a shutter speed of 1/4000th of a second.   Read the full Story >>

Singer Esperanza Spalding Sued by Photographer Over Album Art

The New York Post   Thursday February 21, 2013

Photographer Kevin Ryan is suing Grammy Award-winning jazz singer Esperanza Spalding over the use of images on the cover of her 2012 album “Radio Music Society,” reports the New York Post. The cover shows Spalding sitting atop a classic ’80s boombox. But the radio is actually a sculpture made of pictures attached to a wooden box, which Spalding and her team found at Brooklyn’s Galapagos Art Space. Ryan, who took the pictures on the sculpture, says Spalding failed to credit him or license the images. Now he’s asking for $500,000.   Read the full Story >>

The DART Board: Sculpture in NYC

By Peggy Roalf   Wednesday July 17, 2019

Editor's note: This week’s DART Board feature is by sculptor Marco Palli, who also writes on the subject. Who Made LOVE? by Marco Palli There are many versions of “LOVE” around the world, but this particular kind of “LOVE” has been in the making since 1966. The first LOVE sculpture was fabricated out of Cor-Ten steel in 1970 and is currently located at ...   Read the full Story >>

Spotlight: Argentine Photographer and Filmmaker Diego Levy

Diego Levy   Wednesday January 15, 2014

Argentine photographer and filmmaker Diego Levy is part of growing trend in photography—the convergence of still and motion work. In 2011, Levy gained notoriety in the US for a provocative photo project called “Choques” (“Crashes”), which drew attention to the high number of car crashes in Buenos Aires by viewing wrecked vehicles as if they were “a species of sculptures on the streets.” At his website and at Vimeo, you can find his personal videos, such as Golpes,as well as his commercial video work.   Read the full Story >>

Dept of Ideas: Dissected Vintage Cams Turned Into Sculpture With Resin

COLOSSAL   Monday September 9, 2019

Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner made news earlier this year by creating a shot of a 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV coming, literally, to pieces. For his latest dissection,  he turned his attention for vintage cameras. He used a band saw to slice up the cameras, then rearranged, reassembled, and suspended the pieces in resin in interesting configurations — each new sculpture transforms the tools for making art into new works of art designed to be viewed from multiple angles, notes Colossal. DIY Photography has more on his process.   Read the full Story >>

Park Avenue Photo-Op

By Peggy Roalf   Thursday September 23, 2010

Two colossal white ceramic figures of little girls, sculptures by Yoshitomo Nara,popped up on the Park Avenue Mall at the beginning of the month to herald a show of the artist's work at Asia Society. Yesterday afternoon, I spent about half an hour watching the interaction of New Yorkers and visitors with these White Ghost figures. Without irony, I'd like to report that ...   Read the full Story >>

Portfolio: The Photographer as "Amicus Mortis"

feature shoot   Thursday December 1, 2016

“When photographer Justine Bursoni  gave birth to her son, doula Ray Spooner stood by her, and when Ray Spooner died, Justine Bursoni stood by him,” writes  Ellyn Kail at Feature Shoot. Kail describes how Bursoni, a Chicago photographer, came across the notion of an “amicus mortis,” or “friend in death,” as she considered starting work in palliative care. The Latin phrase is used by death doulas, people who support those who are in the process of dying. It’s a remarkable story of photography and trust.   Read the full Story >>

Books: Capturing the Personalities of German Office Plants

The New York Times   Wednesday July 11, 2018

In 2008, German photographer Frederik Busch was working on corporate assignment when he noticed a row of plants in an office hallway. “And they looked like sculptures,” he tells The New York Times, which spotlights Busch’s new book German Business Plants.  For Busch, notes The Times, these plants have no less personality than their human counterparts. “I have a sensitivity for plants,” Busch tells The Times. “I approach them as beings, as living organisms and at the same time as kinetic sculptures. They just move very slowly.”   Read the full Story >>

Legal Brief: French Court Fines Jeff Koons for Copying Photo

theguardian   Thursday March 16, 2017

A French court has ordered appropriation artist Jeff Koons and the Centre Pompidou in Paris to pay €40,000 (about $46,000) for infringing the copyright of a photograph by the late French photographer Jean-François Bauret, reports PDN Pulse. Bauret’s family sued Koons over a 1988 sculpture titled “Naked,” which closely copied a 1975 photograph by Bauret titled “Enfants.” The children in Koons’s sculpture are in almost identical body positions in both and have the same hairstyles, adds The Guardian.   Read the full Story >>

Giacometti: Intimate Immensity

By Peggy Roalf   Thursday November 15, 2018

Anxiety and alienation were the existential problem of early 20th-century Europe, informing the shift from realism to Surrealism, and from representation to abstraction. The sculptor Alberto Giacometti saw himself somewhat apart from current trends: a realist attempting the “impossible task” [his words] of representing the appearance of things as he saw them. Impossible, as for him the foundational quest was to capture the ungraspable essence ...   Read the full Story >>

Picasso Sculpture at MoMA

By Peggy Roalf   Wednesday September 16, 2015

It took me four years to paint like Raphael but a lifetime to paint like a child. Perhaps more than any other Modernist artist, Picasso understood the complexity involved in creating abstract images—possibly more so in sculpture than in painting. Picasso Sculpture, which opened this week at the Museum of Modern Art, brings together the pieces that represent the pinnacle of his achievements ...   Read the full Story >>

Rafael Barrios Sculptures On Park Avenue

By Peggy Roalf   Wednesday April 4, 2012

Thinking of Op Art usually conjures up ‘60s fashions and geometric pattern paintings in psychedelic colors. But until June 30th, a series of nine stainless steel sculptures whose optical illusions are warping perceptions of form and space are jazzing up Park Avenue between 51st and 67th Streets. Created by Miami-based sculptor Rafael Barrios, the brilliantly painted geometric forms, some over 20 feet high, trick the eye ...   Read the full Story >>

Niki de Saint Phalle's Park Avenue Park

By Peggy Roalf   Wednesday July 11, 2012

This week the Park Avenue median between 52nd and 60th Streets becomes a summer playground for nine super-scaled polyester resin/ceramic sculptures by the French/American artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930–2002). The best of these, Serpent Tree, from 1999, is a raucous, colorful take on the mythological representation of women commandeering serpents to vanquish enemies or to recall Minoan fertility goddesses who tamed serpents to guard against tomb ...   Read the full Story >>

Trending: It's All Kate Moss at Christie's

Vogue   Tuesday July 9, 2013

The art world’s obsession with Kate Moss has erupted into a full-blown Christie’s auction dedicated to art inspired by the supermodel, notes Artinfo. Curated by art collector Gert Elfering, the sale will feature a mixture of paintings, sculptures, collages … and of course photographs of the supermodel. “The importance of the…works is in her collaboration with the internationally renowned artists who created them,” Elfering tells Vogue. “Gert recognized the appetite of today's collectors for photographs that confound traditional norms,” adds Philippe Garner, head of the photo department at Christie’s. The auction will take place on September 25 in London. Go here for a preview.   Read the full Story >>

Exhibition: Emerging Talent in the Bronx

The Bronx Museum of the Arts   Wednesday July 8, 2015

On view from July 15 to September 30 at the Bronx Museum of Art is “Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial,” an exhibition featuring artists launching their careers. From the museum: “Organized by Independent Curator Laura Napier and the Bronx Museum’s Curator of Education Hatuey Ramos-Fermin, the exhibition will feature a range of work from sculpture to photography, installations, printmaking, collage, painting, performance, drawing, video, animation, and artist books.”   Read the full Story >>