Meijer Gardens Curates ArtPrize Exhibition “Body Double: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture”

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The group exhibition “Body Double: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture” features 26 sculptures relating to the human body. Coinciding with ArtPrize, the three-dimensional works will be on display through January 6, 2013.

Dora Natella. Overseer, 2012. Polyester, resin, fiberglass and cedar; 157x13x18 inches. Photo courtesy of the artist.

"Looking at both established and emerging sculptors from across the globe, I believe we have assembled a strong visual statement about the strength and viability of the figure in contemporary sculpture,” said Joseph Becherer, VP and Chief Curator.

Coinciding with the fourth annual ArtPrize competition, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park will host 26 U.S. and international artists in the group exhibition “Body Double: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture.” This exhibition focuses on the human figure as both an object and a metaphor.

The exhibition officially begins with ArtPrize on September 19 and will remain on display in Meijer Gardens’ sculpture galleries until January 6, 2013.

“We wanted to build on the strength and variety of the figurative tradition of Meijer Gardens’ acclaimed permanent collection,” said Joseph Becherer, Vice President and Chief Curator of Sculpture. “This exhibition explores a renewal of interest in the subject, from objects to installations while surveying a broad spectrum of concepts, forms and materials.”

“Body Double: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture” illustrates the diversity and depth of the figure in Contemporary Art, from more literal terms to those implied or symbolically stated.
"Looking at both established and emerging sculptors from across the globe, I believe we have assembled a strong visual statement about the strength and viability of the figure in contemporary sculpture,” said Becherer.

As an ArtPrize Exhibition Center, the exhibition will be free of charge during ArtPrize (September 19 – October 7). Exhibition areas will be open to the public during Meijer Gardens’ regular business hours, as well as official ArtPrize hours (Sundays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.). On Opening Day, exhibition areas will be on display beginning at 9 a.m. through 10 p.m. All other areas of Meijer Gardens observe regular hours and standard admission fees.

Visitors can register to vote, purchase official ArtPrize merchandise and utilize the ArtPrize shuttle to explore the downtown venues. Shuttle information will be available at closer to the event.

Exhibition and ArtPrize Programming

  • Curator’s Choice

September 21, noon, free
Join Director of Sculpture, Exhibitions and Installations, Laurene Grunwald, and Curator of Arts Education, Heidi Holst, as they discuss their thoughts on the works in the exhibition. Share your thoughts and questions about the sculptures.

  • Gallery Walks with ArtPrize Artists

September 22, 11 a.m., free
Tour the gallery with nine ArtPrize artists who will discuss the concepts and process of their work.

The exhibition “Body Double: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture” is made possible by: The Meijer Foundation, William Padnos, Louis and Helen Padnos Foundation, Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation, International Sculpture Center, Botanic and Sculpture Societies of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and Grand Rapids Sister Cities International—Perugia Committee.

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Images available upon request. View thumbnails here:

About the Artists

  •     Diana Al-Hadid (American) – Untitled (Blind Bust), 2012. Bronze, 74 x 24 x 20 inches
  •     John Buck (American) – Once in a Blue Moon, 2011. Wood, acrylic paint, and motor, 119 x 94 x 40 inches
  •     Khalil Chishtee (Pakistani) – Toe to Toe, 2012. White trash bags, 84 x 32 x 20 inches
  •     Zhang Dali (Chinese) – N. 211, 2010/2011. Resin, 67x19.5x11.8 inches
  •     Isabel De Obaldia (American) – Torso Iguana, 2011. Glass, 70x16x16 inches (31 x 20 x 6 1/2" with metal base)
  •     Lawrence Epps (British) – Human Resources, 2011. Ceramic, 82.7x59x23.6 inches
  •     Carole Feuerman (American) – Quan, 2012. Painted bronze and stainless steel, 66.5x60x43 inches
  •     Anne Harrington Hughes (American) – The Dying We Lived Through, 2012. Mixed media/ready-made object installation, 96 x 96 x 96 inches
  •     Rolf Jacobsen (Danish) – Phaethon, 2011. Wood and gesso, 7.9x5.1x6.3 inches
  •     Kurt Kaiser (American) – Dance of Castoffs, 2012. Found objects with poppy stalks, 8 x 8 x 8 feet
  •     Eckhard Kremers (German) – Amazone, 2011. Mixed media: paper, wood, leather, tape and acrylic, 56 inches H x 23 inches W, ground plate 20 x 20 x 2 inches
  •     June Lee (Korean) – Bystander, 2011. Fiber, 2011 approximately 6 x 72 x 72 inches
  •     Shawn Lefevre (American) – The Others Will Follow, 2012. Plaster, steel and wood, 90x37x21 inches
  •     Jennifer McCandless (American) – Baby Boomer Pile Up, 2012. Ceramic stoneware, 30 x 20 x 20 inches
  •     Deanna Morse (American) – Skin, 2012. Film/Video.
  •     Dora Natella (American) – Overseer, 2012. Bronze and Aluminum, 157x13x18 inches
  •     Nan Nickson (American) – This Mortal Coil: Joy, 2012. Cotton, twine and beeswax, 72 x 36 x 36 inches
  •     Roger Reutimann (Swiss) – Some Assembly Required, 2012. Stainless steel, polished/sandblasted, 88 x 40 x 24 inches
  •     Alison Saar (American) – Foison and Fallow, 2011/2012. Wood, copper, bronze, and acrylic paint, 72 x 22 x 16 inches and 75 x 20 x 19 inches
  •     Cort Savage (American) – Canons, 2010-2011. Archival rubber bands, bronze human skulls, tanakh, Bible, Qur'an, x-rays, light boxes and hardware, 70 x 90 x 36 inches
  •     Carol Schwartz (American) – Harriet and Louis, 2009. Wood and paint, 52 x 14 x 13 inches
  •     Lim Seung-Chun (Korean) – A Cast Away, 2009. Reinforced polymer fiberglass, 36 x 10 x 8 inches
  •     Christy Singleton (American) – Sally, 2011/2012. Reinforced cardboard, silicone, house paint and metal pipes, 144 x 144 x 26 inches
  •     Meri Tancredi (Italian) – Templum, 2011. LED-illuminated carved plexiglass and white marble on black cloth, 63 x 118 inches
  •     Angel Vapor (Cuban) – Labor, 2010/2011. Bronze, wood and iron, 48 x 120 x 24 inches
  •     Paloma Varga-Weisz (German) – Untitled, 2009. Glazed ceramic, 20 1/8 x 17 3/4 x 11 7/8 inches, pedestal 45 1/2 x 19 x 14 ¾ inches

About Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
One of the world’s most significant botanic and sculpture experiences, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park serves more than a half-million visitors annually. Meijer Gardens was recently ranked in the top 100 most-visited art museums worldwide by Art Newspaper, the leading publication in global art news. The 132-acre grounds feature Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory; one of the largest children’s gardens in the country; arid and Victorian gardens with bronze sculptures by Degas and Rodin; a carnivorous plant house; outdoor gardens; and a 1900-seat outdoor amphitheater, featuring an eclectic mix of world-renowned musicians every summer. The internationally acclaimed Sculpture Park features a permanent collection including works by Rodin, Oldenburg, Moore, Bourgeois and Plensa, among others. Indoor galleries host changing sculpture exhibitions with recent exhibitions by Picasso, Degas, di Suvero, Borofsky, Calder and Chadwick.

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