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Urs Fischer's Dramatically Melting Sculptures
At last year's Venice Art Biennale, one of the standout installations involved a full-size wax replica of Giambologna's 16th-century sculpture The Rape of the Sabine Women. Even more intriguing was that an "everyday" man wearing glasses stood facing the sculpture. Like giant candles, both slowly burned to the ground, melting minute by minute. On Fischer's website, you can find photos by Stefan Altenburger that show the amazing progression. By capturing this dramatic melting, Fischer makes us...
ART // Kara Walker
Kara Walker African-American artist Kara Walker, a pioneer in the utilization of the "stereotypical grotesque," uses violent and hyper-sexualized silhouetted images ante-Bellum South to re-stage the myths of racist lore. The caricatures are elegant in their execution and repulsive in their depictions. A criticism of the enduring nature of racist imaginings.