Patricia Cronin: Bodies and Soul, Conner Gallery, Washington, DC , Febuary 4 - March 10
In July, this blog celebrated the marriage of New York artists Patricia Cronin and Deborah Kass, whose long-time commitment inspired Cronin's sculpture Memorial to a Marriage, 2002, permanantly installed in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx. The marble mortuary sculpture was accomplish in death that which seemed - in 2002 - impossible in life.
Now the exhibition of the bronze version of this sculpture, on view at Conner Gallery in Washington, DC, celebrates the transition of this artwork from depicting a dream to immortalizing reality.
Memorial to a Marriage is based on Gustave Courbet's Sleepers or Sleep (1866)
Gustave Courbet, The Sleepers, 1866
and the American neo-classicial tradition of the 19th century (Patricia Cronin studied and appropriated Harriet Hosmer's work for her exhibition Harriet Hosmer: Lost and Found (June 2009-January 2010).
Harriet Hosmer, Beatrice Cenci, 1856.
For more information on Patricia Cronin's work, please visit her website: http://www.patriciacronin.net/.
And/Or read this interview in Sculpture Magazine.
I am tickled to death with all of these references to 19th century art, as embark on a course on 19th century at Purchase College. How lovely to connect the past to the present with such a romantic theme for Valentine's Day.
Best wishes to you and those you love -
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