Category Archives: Sculpture

Copper Belly of the Buddha

The Brooklyn studio of Ursula von Rydingsvard is redolent of cedar. For more than 30 years she has been incising monumental cedar forms using a hand-wielded chainsaw. Wearing black pants and turtleneck, von Rydingsvard, 73, runs up and down a flight … Continue reading

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Expression in Stone

Visitors to Grounds For Sculpture observe how Magdalena Abakanowicz’s “Space of Stone”–a work that itself conveys a greater power–is enhanced by the long shadows of the sun sitting low in the sky. Part of a series that includes major installations in … Continue reading

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Around the World in Books and a Box

In the 1950s, when Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451, the idea of desecrating a book was sacrilege. No dog earing the pages, we were taught; no scribbling. But books aren’t what they used to be. Artists paint over pages and … Continue reading

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Mayumi Sarai’s ‘Ring Cycle’

When an artist works in more than one medium, patterns and themes translate from one to another. For Mayumi Sarai, whose work is on view at the New Jersey State Museum through August 6, the common element in both her … Continue reading

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Where Money Grows on Trees

Utopia; paradise; Shangri-la.  Abundance. Lush tropical forest. Grounds For Sculpture, with its fantastical artwork, opulent gardens and peacocks strutting their stuff, is a nice place to site a utopia. And artist Ming Fay has done just that. Canutopia, a name … Continue reading

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Merry Old Sole

Willie Cole’s artistic training began in the 1960s: with his dollar-a-week allowance, the Newark native visited S. Klein’s Department Store and bought model kits of plastic cars and superheroes. He’d put them together according to the directions – but that … Continue reading

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Intelligent Design

An economic downturn disrupted the American marketplace, and unemployment reached double digits. Urban dwellers retreated to the country, embracing a simple and moral work ethic, and sought a path to a better life by working on farms and making things … Continue reading

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Grounds For Sculpture’s Visionary Guru

A few years ago, during the Great Recession, I had a nightmare that Grounds For Sculpture had lost its funding, and the sculpture park was covered with cobwebs. It looked like the abandoned amusement park in the 1972 film The … Continue reading

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Dancing with Fire

Some artists never grow up. Thank god. By preserving the child within, they help us survive this brutal world, with its tornadoes, hurricanes, e. coli outbreaks and drawer-dropping congressmen. Seeing the whimsical work of sculptors Dana Stewart and Francois Guillemin … Continue reading

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Poet with an Ax

It’s mating season for the peacocks. They strut their magnificent plumage and call out like a cat that got its tail  stuck in the elevator — not quite as seductive to the human ear as to the peahen’s. James Surls … Continue reading

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