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Tag: Sculpture

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“Rodin” in U.S. Theater

A century after his death, Auguste Rodin is the world’s most famous sculptor after Michelangelo. A film coming out in the U.S. on June 1 explores the most inventive yet tormented period of the artist’s life. It is hard to imagine that this tremendous artist was still unknown at the age of 40 in 1880. However, that year he was...

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Adopt a Parisian Statue!

The American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay association has launched a most original campaign to finance the maintenance of artwork in the Parisian museum. A total of 41 statues are gathering dust in the main nave of the Musée d’Orsay and on the two adjacent terraces. Since the museum was reopened in 1986, the passing years have left their mark...

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A Missing Rodin Sculpture Surfaces in New Jersey

The town of Madison, New Jersey (pop. 16,000) has been the home of a missing Rodin sculpture for 80 years without realizing it. The multi-million dollar bust of Napoleon had been sitting inconspicuously in the borough’s council meeting room when 22-year old Mallory Mortillaro, who has an undergraduate student in art history, saw a faint signature at the bottom of...

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The Jeff Koons Affair

American sculptor Jeff Koons gifted one of his creations to the city of Paris last November. But the gaudy work inspired by the Statue of Liberty is still a point of contention. The artist’s large-scale sculpture representing a bouquet of tulips is supposed to be pay homage to the victims of the Paris Attacks in 2015. The project is supported...

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French Artist Pierre Huyghe Receives the Nasher Prize for Sculpture

On Saturday April 1st in Dallas, Texas, French artist Pierre Huyghe received the Nasher Prize, the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in the world of sculpture. It’s not the first time Pierre Huyghe has found success in America. In 2010, he was the first French national to receive the annual Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Contemporary Artist Award. And in 2015,...

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Awkward Gifts and Misunderstandings

American sculptor Jeff Koons has given the city of Paris one of his creations: a gaudy work inspired by the Statue of Liberty. But no one wants to pay for it. The French congressman Edouard de Laboulaye began raising funds in 1865 in order to give the Americans the Statue of Liberty. The gift symbolized friendship between the two countries,...

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The Researcher Cataloguing all the French Statues in the United States

The Statue of Liberty is the most famous French statue in the United States, but almost 20,000 other French creations also dot the country in places as diverse as Philadelphia, Honolulu, and Duluth in Minnesota. This collection piqued the curiosity of Laure de Margerie, a former documentarist from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, and inspired her to create an online...

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French Artist Pierre Huyghe Named Nasher Sculpture Prize Laureate

The 2017 Nasher Sculpture Prize has been awarded to contemporary artist Pierre Huyghe. He will receive his trophy at a ceremony held in Dallas, Texas, on April 1, 2017. Born in 1962, architect, film maker and designer Pierre Huyghe is renowned for having introduced sculpture into other disciplines. His works are inspired by music, cinema, and dance, as well as fog,...