Another Escape Scene
While at the online collection of the
Speed Museum ,
looking at their version of
"Nydia, The Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii",
I came across this,
more recent relic of narrative sculpture,
"A Caballito" by Juan Munoz (1953-2001)
Just to be perfectly clear,
I hate most of this man's work as well,
and remember suffering through his
of dozens of life-size white plaster zombies
in the great stairwell
at the Art Institute about 10 years ago.
I actually like this piece
(especially this view)
and I find this a compelling,
with qualities like uplift, balance, scale, rhythm.
And while nobody has any idea
what story he's trying to tell,
I like it, whatever it is.
Comparable to the great Italians of the
last Century, like Manzu and Martini,
and maybe even to this famous piece on a similar theme
(which also has all the detail and carving wizardry
of the Nydia)
A less felicitous,
but not a disastrous view
and some close-ups of
some quickly made,
but not weakly made heads.
I think this guy could have been a great sculptor,
if he had lived longer,
and gotten out of
the contemporary art world.