Wednesday, January 24, 2018

BEAUTY: Sculpture and Installation--Ron Mueck

Known for his extremely realistic sculptures of human figures, scaled either unusually small or unusually large, artist Ron Mueck has created his largest and possibly most engrossing piece yet. Called Mass, the collection of 100 gigantic human skulls takes up a large room at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. Mass is on display through April 18, 2018.

The proximity of the skulls to the classical paintings reminds me of Holbein's painting The Ambassadors, on view at the National Gallery in London. This Tudor-era painting shows a skull, rendered in anamorphic perspective on top of a double portrait and allegorical still life; one must approach the painting closely from high on the right side, or low on the left side, to see the form as an accurate rendering of a human skull.

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