April 12, 2007

New Carved in Stone Album: Stone Sculpture in the Museums

Dymaxion Galleries has launched a new collection comprising more than 200 photos of formal stone sculpture presently on display in the galleries of the National Gallery of Art (NGA) and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The album, DC Museums, Carved in Stone is the latest edition to photo albums documenting up to now mainly architectural and monumental outdoor stone sculpture in Rome, southeast France, Venice and Washington DC.

The DC Museums, Carved in Stone album is a departure in that it is the first time that we have turned the camera towards works that have been removed from their original settings, in the case of the NGA collections, or, in the 20th century collections at the Hirshhorn, were created as "artworks" for formal display.

Visitors to this latest Album will rewarded with views of a wide range of works with origins ranging from the early Renaissance in Italy and the South Netherlands to a modern work by Henry Moore located in the underground passageway between the East  and West Galleries.  The NGA collection showcases early church sculpture, allegorical and decorative sculpture that once adorned pre-revolution French gardens, busted carved anonymously, in one case a figure by Antonio Canova, a number of works by Auguste Rodin and Aristide Maillol and several pieces by prominent 19th Century American sculptors. There is also a beautifully carved Venetian fireplace.

Like all of the Albums showcased in the Dymaxion Galleries, these collections are works in progress that will be added to from time to time. For instance, it seems that several iconic works by Brancusi that are part of the regular collection at the Hirshhorn have been displaced by an ongoing exhibit. They'll be added later.  Further indoor sculpure displays around the Capital will also be added.

Eventually, we hope to make Carved in Stone one of the most comprehensive collection of albums showcasing the work of thousands of stone carvers, mainly anonymous, who have worked throughout the centuries.

Vistors to the site are welcome to register and then leave their comments. We are interested in getting your feedback on this project and would welcome collaboration. You can contact the editors at the Dymaxion Web

Posted by dymaxion at April 12, 2007 04:29 PM
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