INTERNATIONAL ARTIST JAUME PLENSA
DISCUSSES HIS POIGNANT PUBLIC ART WORKS
WITH CHIEF CURATOR ALICIA G. LONGWELL
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 5PM
The never-before-seen sculpture, on view in the Parrish Art Museum’s
Field of Dreams exhibition, evokes silence and stillness in a complex world
Jaume Plensa (Spanish, born 1955) Carlota (oak), Wilsis (oak), Laura Asia (oak), Julia (oak), 2019, Bronze, various sizes.
Installation view, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY. Courtesy Gray, Chicago/NY and Galerie Lelong & Co., NY Photo: Jenny Gorman
Sculptor Jaume Plensa (Spanish, born 1955) will discuss his four bronze portraits—making their international debut in Field of Dreams at the Parrish Art Museum—with Alicia G. Longwell, Ph.D., The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator. In Carlota (oak), Wilsis (oak), Laura Asia (oak), and Julia (oak), 2019—totemic portraits originally carved from oak that stand over nine feet tall—Plensa captures a moment of quiet reflection, evoking silence and stillness in a bustling world. The artist explores the connection between humanity and nature in his work. For 35 years, Plensa has produced a multifaceted body of work creating sculpture that speaks to the capacity and beauty of humanity, often bringing people together through the activation of public spaces
The live-streamed talk, on Friday, October 9, 5pm, is part of the Museum’s online Friday Nights Live! series. The public is invited to join the talk, which can be accessed online only (no onsite audience). Log in information is at parrishart.org.
“Plensa is a sculptor who embraces the human form and its capacity to speak to us and move us deeply,” said Longwell. “In the extraordinary new work destined soon after completion for the Parrish’s Field of Dreams, the four figures glance obliquely at one another, drawing viewers into their wordless conversation.”
Arriving at the Museum directly from Plensa’s studio in Barcelona, the four sculptures explore the idea of memory and the passage of time. “Every time I do a portrait, soon after, the model no longer exists,” Plensa states. The artist captures his female sitters with their eyes closed in a moment of quiet reflection, a concept central in his practice. The works are the first in a new series of portraits carved directly into tree trunks, with the trunks remaining part of the sculpture in the subsequent casting in bronze. The innate connection between humanity and nature resonates deeply in this body of work: the wood acts as both the medium and the subject of the sculpture itself while the irregular surfaces and scattered splinters and cracks in the wood are captured in bronze.
About Jaume Plensa
Jaume Plensa (b.1955) is one of the world’s foremost sculptors in the public realm with projects worldwide in Calgary, Chicago, San Diego, Montréal, London, Paris, Dubai, Bangkok, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Most recently, installations of his monumental sculptures in the public realm include Behind the Walls at historic Rockefeller Center in New York City and the Museo Nacional de Arte in Mexico City, Julia in Plaza de Colón in Madrid, and Voices permanently installed at 30 Hudson Yards, New York City.
Plensa has had solo museum exhibitions at the MACBA: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid Spain; MAMC–Musée d’art moderne et contemporain Saint-Étienne Métropole, Saint-Étienne, France; Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR, Brühl, Germany; The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire, England; and Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas. International awards include the Honorary Doctorate from Univeristat Aut’onoma de Barcelona in 2018; 2013 Velazquez Prize awarded by the Spanish Cultural Ministry. He lives and works in Barcelona.
About Field of Dreams
Opened on August 20, 2020 as part of the new Art in the Meadow initiative, Field of Dreams presents work by 10 international, multi-generational artists working in a variety of genres throughout the 14-acre grounds originally designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron and landscape architects Reed Hilderbrand. The inaugural exhibition features work by Theaster Gates (American, born 1973), Jim Dine (American, born 1935), Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-97), Joel Perlman (American, born 1943), Joel Shapiro (American, born 1941), Max Ernst (German, 1891-1976) and Bernar Venet (French, born 1941). Two additional monumental works by Isa Genzken (German, born 1948) and Giuseppe Penone (Italian, born 1947) will be installed in the coming weeks.
Field of Dreams outdoor sculpture exhibition is open and free to the public daily, from 11am to 5pm. Museum galleries are open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for timed visits through pre-registration and online ticketing on the Parrish website.
FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE!
Chief Curator Alicia Longwell and Sculptor Jaume Plensa
Friday, October 9, 5pm
Friday Nights at the Parrish are made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor: Bank of America.
Additional support provided by Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.
The Field of Dreams exhibition is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Parrish Sculpture Fund, and with the participation of Gray Gallery; Galerie Lelong & Co.; Kasmin Gallery; Loretta Howard Gallery; Glenn Fuhrman and FLAG Art Foundation; and HargreavesJones, Landscape Architects.
The Museum’s exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the property taxpayers from the Southampton Union Free School District and the Tuckahoe Common School District.
Parrish Art Museum
Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.
Parrish Art Museum construction photographs © Jeff Heatley.
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