Sightings 2.0 from Nasher Sculpture Center.

28 03 2011

Over the weekend I visited our World Renowned Nasher Sculpture Center opened there  second exhibition of Sightings.  Turner Prize-winning artist, Martin Creed will debut the site-specific, experiential installation Work No. 1190: Half the air in a given space in the Nasher’s Lower Level Gallery, on view March 26 through June 19, 2011.  A must see.

Creed will transform the Lower Level Gallery, filling the space with approximately 9,000 gold balloons to a height of about 8 feet.  Related to several earlier installations, the balloons enclose and make visible portions of the volume of air in the room to drastically alter one’s physical experience of the space, as well as explore the relationship between sculpture and architecture.  Sightings: Martin Creed will also include a focused selection of recent work in the space outside the Lower Level Gallery, including sound sculptures on the stairs and elevator activated by the visitor.

“Sightings: Martin Creed will offer our Dallas audience its first exposure to the work of this exceptional and provocative artist,” said Nasher Sculpture Center director Jeremy Strick. “By transforming our experience of space and creating a participatory environment, Creed extends our understanding of the possibilities of sculpture.”

Over the past two decades, Creed’s work — which has included painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, video, musical performance, and text — has consistently explored the emotional and existential impact of dichotomous physical states: presence versus absence, being versus nothingness, and doing versus not doing. In 2001, Creed won the prestigious Turner Prize, given to a British artist under 50 for an outstanding exhibition or installation in the previous year, for Work No. 227: The lights going on and off, an empty room in which the lights continuously alternated between being on and being off every five seconds.  Often using the most straightforward, unassuming means, Creed’s work takes joy in simple experiences and questions our assumptions of what a work of art is and what it means to be an artist.  Sightings: New Art at the Nasher is a series of small-scale exhibitions and installations that invites established and emerging contemporary sculptors from across Texas and around the world to create new work in response to the unique collection and architectural context of the Nasher Sculpture Center.

The series focuses on artists whose work draws on modernist precedents, yet reconsiders accepted notions and generates new ideas about modern and contemporary sculpture.  In doing so, the exhibitions expand upon, invigorate, and re-contextualize the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, which is noted for its strong holdings in work by modern masters such as Calder, Giacometti, Matisse, Miró, Moore, Picasso, Rodin, and David Smith, among others.  In addition, inviting contemporary artists to engage the variety of spaces of the Nasher Sculpture Center in new, thought-provoking ways provides occasions to examine the evolving relationship between sculpture and architecture, also a hallmark of the modernist era.

Speaking of Matisse, Picasso and other artists at the Nasher…

Whether you’re inside in one of the gallery rooms.  Or outside looking at the sculptures that adorn the lovely green lawn of the Nasher.

You’re more then likely to run into a Picasso here or there.

The Nasher Sculpture Center features a regularly changing selection of works from the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection in both its indoor galleries and outdoor sculpture garden.  Artists like Magdalena Abakanowicz.

Or James Turrell’s unique and captivating art.

For year’s Jonathan Borofsky’s “Walking to the Sky” sculpture was a staple image of the Nasher.  But most folks look at another “tall” piece as the staple of Mr. Borofsky’s talented career.

“Hammering Man” is one of the few pieces that move and it seemed most fitting that the backdrop is of a building under construction (anyone wanna take a crack at what greatness is being built next door to the Nasher?).  American artist David Smith’s “The Forest” fits in perfectly with some other classic pieces at the Nasher.

George Segal’s sculpture on the West side of the garden showcases a slice of everyday life with his piece, “Rush Hour”.

Easily one of my personal favorites is American Artist Jeff Koons stainless steel “Louis XVI”.

I think it only fitting to end on a British Artist (you know with Mr. Creed’s installation being the newest event at the Center).  Anthony Gormley’s “Quantum Cloud XX (toronado)”.  The stainless steel piece just stands out so much!

It comes down to this.  The Nasher is open Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm.  GO ALREADY!!




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29 03 2011

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