Thursday, November 23, 2017

Boca Raton Museum of Art Sculpture Garden

November 2017 - Boca Raton FL

The Museum of Art in Boca Raton also has a sculpture garden. I have provided the descriptions of pieces that I found at the museum website.

Always seeking to accurately capture the grace of animals, Scott centers her artistic creations on wildlife animals from elegantly soaring eagles to majestically resting hogs, as seen here with Eat More Beef.
Sandy Scott (born 1943 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) 

Sweeping lines and rough surfaces are the hallmark of Binkele’s refined depictions of female figures and horses. By focusing on the musculature of both, the visual effect of her sculptures showcases the subjects’ physical strength and beauty.
Lina Binkele (born 1957 in Bogotá, Colombia) 


Arman was an expert assembler and dismantler. He accumulated, dissected and finally reconstructed objects into ordered assemblages to bring attention to the waste born of a consumer society. Sliced, smashed or burned musical instruments were the artist’s most recognizable symbolic objects, as seen here with the numerous violoncellos and bows forming Music Power II.

Larraz is known for paintings and bronzes that contain realistic subject matter and symbolic references. Here a coffee pot teeters atop precariously stacked cups and saucers referencing the social inequality in Latin America. Specifically, Larraz implies that all the little coffee cups, representing the workers, hold up the big pot, the land owner, on coffee plantations and in the coffee business. 
Julio Larraz (born 1944 in Havana, Cuba; active Miami, Florida) 

“Mythological dream world” is the phrase most often associated with Ryder’s sculptures. Her signature hybrid figure is the Lady-Hare, partnered here with an equally hybrid version of a dog that offers a sentiment of friendship. Each sculpture is forged with various components: any combination of sawdust, wet plaster, old machine parts and toys, weld joins and angle grinders, wire, torn scraps of paper, charcoal sticks, and acid baths to achieve her multifaceted surfaces.
Sophie Ryder (born 1963 in London, England) 


Sosno was a conceptual artist focused on the art of obliteration, specifically the near elimination of the figural form into voids and solids. His “squared heads,” as seen here in Tête au carré, are his most famous iconic forms. While the majority of the head is supplanted by a gigantic square, there is a strong allusion of beauty and grace to the perfectly proportioned block and elegant lines of the supporting chin, neck, shoulders and upper chest. In the artist’s words: "It's about using holes to hide things, which makes the imagination work. It's considerably more exciting than revealing everything. You mustn't show everything, say everything.” 


Benton is best known for cutting, folding and realigning two-dimensional sheets of steel into three-dimensional objects that challenge the force of gravity. For Donut with Balls and Half Moon, such elementary shapes as circles, spheres, half circles, tubes and a ring, precariously lean against and stack upon each other, embodying the tension between precise harmony and peril that Benton so enjoys forming. He has great reverence for form and balance, constantly teases balance with unbalance, placing the fate of large forms in the hands of much smaller forms. The circle, a figure of completion, appears as the primary focal point here and in many of Benton's sculptures. Serving as a frame or an anchor for other geometric elements, the circle emphasizes the dynamic of balance and imbalance important to these works. Here the circle is labeled a donut and served as the central theme and title to the series of massive sculptures Benton constructed in the early 2000s.

SUNRISE east may is one in a series of 12 giant masks, each named for a month of the year. The monumental size of the series is offset by the cheerful, shimmering silver pigment and finger-pitted surface. Each sculpture is a globular, elongated head with a distinct expression; here a child’s head playfully protrudes from a shark costume, which gives it a hint of mischief.
Ugo Rondinone (born 1964 in Brunnen, Switzerland)

 Known for sculpting moody figures in bronze, cast iron, and terracotta with rough surfaces, Beaumont captures the emotional universality of humankind. By giving each work either simply a number or a universal emotion like courage, valor, or boredom for a title, she fosters her desire for viewers to bring their own interpretations to these everyman/everywoman figures.
Hanneke Beaumont (born 1947 in Maastricht, Netherlands) Bronze #35, 1998, bronze; Le Courage, 1997, bronze; Bronze #66, 2003, bronze,


  1. I much prefer to see the sculptures outside than in the confines of a museum. You have chosen a very wide range of sculptures to show us. Can't decide on a favourite.


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