The Sculptors Guild celebrates its historic 80th anniversary with an exhibition curated by distinguished poet and critic John Yau at Westbeth Gallery in the West Village from February 5-24, 2017. The Sculptors Guild is a collective of contemporary professional sculptors “…looking to have the freedom to make and show work within a community that supports and encourages their practices. A rare feat in a world full of the detritus of pop culture and commodity-driven creation”, writes Brienne Walsh, art critic and historian.
An exhibition of thirteen sculptures by Ron Mueck opens February 26th at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The sculptures encapsulate the arc of his career from 1999 to 2013. Often caught in moments of silent communication or slumber, the figures illustrate Mueck’s ongoing investigation of the cycle of life, from the first moment of consciousness, to young love, to the various stages of maturity and aging, and ultimately to oblivion. The exhibition runs through August 13th.
The Sculptural Line at The Getty Center presents the role sculpture can play in the art of drawing, as well as the function of drawing in the act of sculpting. The exhibition includes some of the Getty Museum’s most spectacular sheets from the fifteenth through the twentieth century, such as Goya’s Pygmalion and Galatea and Rodin’s Sphinx, as well as bronzes by Foggini, Degas, and Giacometti. Drawings of ancient statuary illustrate how the statuary inspired the work of artists from the Renaissance onward. The exhibition runs through April 16th.
SculptureCenter has the first exhibition of the Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise (Congolese Plantation Workers Art League or CATPC) in the United States. Creating sculptures with cacao as a primary material, the artists that comprise the CATPC are plantation workers who harvest primary material for international companies. In the Congo, as elsewhere, plantation workers are grossly underpaid for their contribution to global industry, whether to the $100 billion chocolate industry or to the production of palm oil, broadly used in common household products. By using material sourced from cacao plantations worldwide instead to make artworks, the members of CATPC can occupy another place in the global value chain, one normally reserved for middle class artists. The exhibition runs through March 27th.
Ai Weiwei at Meijer Gardens: Natural State is his first show in the upper Midwest as well as the first of its kind for the artist at a botanic garden. Ai Weiwei has emerged as one of the definitive cultural voices for the 21st century. Known to work in a wide variety of contexts and scale, his ability to transform materials to share his ideas, concerns and vision has given rise to a critically acclaimed and widely appreciated body of work. Iconic among recent work is his colossal Iron Tree, acquired and installed in 2015 in honor of Meijer Gardens’ 20th anniversary. This exhibition is organized by Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park with the artist and Lisson Gallery. The show runs through August 20th.