Sperone Westwater Sculpture Exhibition A Bust-See

by articulatenyc

Giovacchio Fortini (Settignano 1690-Florence 1736). Latona. marble. 31 7/8 x 26 inches

Sperone Westwater‘s current exhibitions, “Marble Sculpture from 350 B.C. to Last Week” and “Portraits/Self-Portraits from the 16th Century to the 21st Century,” offer a unique juxtaposition of  the classical with the contemporary. The exhibitions showcase the evolution of  two artistic mediums and the ways in which the functions of sculpture and portraiture have changed throughout history . In the portraits, for instance, the works by Old World Masters often romanticize their subjects. They employed allegory and references to ancient mythology as a means of evoking the erudition or elevated status of the sitter. Contemporary portraits often forgo this regality and idealization in favor of emotion and honesty.

When looking at the sculpture collection you’ll notice somewhat less of a dichotomy between the contemporary and classical works. Ai Weiwei’s Marble Doors (2007), for instance, work themselves seamlessly into the program. But, works like Tom Sachs’ marble industrial-sized trashcan, Brute (2009-2010), garner no confusion as to their age. Particularly outstanding works in the exhibition are those by Italian scultore Giovacchio Fortini and Francesco Ladatte.

“Marble Sculpture from 350 B.C. to Last Week” and “Portraits/Self-Portraits from the 16th to the 21st Century” are both on view at Sperone Westwater through February 25, 2012.