Whatsoever is Lovely: Sculpture

Great outing at the Madison Chazen Museum today. We viewed sculpture from the second century to the twenty-first century. The second century pieces were of the Buddha. The modern sculptures ranged from a jackrabbit to an abstract geometric metal Calder piece. I’ll share here three contemporary art pieces I liked; made of metal, wood and fabric.

  1. Dankimar Adler and Louis Sullivan, elevator door grill from the Chicago Stock Exchange (1893/1894)
Elevator Grill by Dankimar Adler and Louis Sullivan Photo: R. Cuningham

2. Louise Nevelson, Black Light I (1970), wooden found objects painted black

3. Sanford Biggers and Wildcat Ebony Brown, Wide Awakes cape (2022), re:mancipation. Click “cape” for more information about this thought-provoking installation.

Wide Awakes Cape by Sanford Biggers and Wildcat Ebony Brown Photo: R. Cuningham

Do you like decorative, abstract or social movement art? Which would you feature in your home?

¡Olé! –Rebecca 

Theme: Whatsoever is Lovely by XingfuMama

Rebecca Cuningham

44 thoughts on “Whatsoever is Lovely: Sculpture

  1. What a rewarding day you had! I like that cape – and no, I don’t necessarily need to go for any particular movement – it’s the individual piece that grabs my attention – or not, as the case may be.

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    1. Yes, the cape is beautiful and has a brilliant history to it – the Wide Awakes in the 1860s got Lincoln elected to end slavery in the US. The name and movement is renewed in the present day to promote Black equality and political participation. As for art, I have a response to each piece that is outside which movement it stems from as well.

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  2. I tend to go for an eclectic mix rather than a particular style. Bit of this, bit of that. I like variety in my own home. I guess, that’s why I also like to wander around museums. Bit of this, bit of that.

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  3. I appreciate all the types of arts you listed, but I guess if I had to go with one for furnishing my home, it’d be decorative, given its functionality (more so, in comparison to abstract or social movement, although they have a place in the home, too). Personally, I’m into minimalist art, so I’d definitely keep it simple with those!

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  4. An interesting selection…
    At home? A bit of this a bit of that. Dutch painters, passed on to me by my parents. African art. Indian. Mexican and central America masks. Chinese. Japanese… We have to much stuff… LOL. Not a place on the walls…

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      1. Somewhat. makes moving always a pain in the… neck.
        My eldest daughter says that their inheritance will conditioned to passing an exam on the author, history and origin of each piece… LOL

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  5. Sounds like a fascinating display. I like to view abstract art, but for home I tend toward personal. We have watercolors painted by a very talented uncle; postcards we bought in Wales; a dragon painting we got in Japan (after watching the artist for a while); a map of our cruise around Cape Horn, In my workroom I put up photos I have taken and a couple of things from my grandparent’s house.

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    1. Thanks for your description of how you’ve decorated your home. Sounds wonderfully cozy and meaningful. We have art by relatives on our walls too and I love folk fiber art, hand woven and sewn. As you might guess, I display photographs of family and favorite places.

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