Sunday, May 31, 2009

Discovering the delights of the LACMA Sculpture Garden - Part two...

Today is the second installment from my visit to the B. Gerald Cantor Outdoor Sculpture Garden at LACMA.
B Gerald Cantor Bronze Sculpture Garden LACMA
In addition to hosting around ten Rodin and three Bourdelle bronze sculptures, the design of the garden is fairly unique and intriguing.
B Gerald Cantor Sculpture Garden LACMA
The tranquil palm tree adorned space was re-envisioned by Robert Irwin, who is also well known for creating The Central Garden at The Getty Center.  

Eve
Eve by Auguste Rodin bronze sculpture at LACMA
I think there was some debate about whether the palms compliment the French bronze sculptures, but I like the garden design and especially how it mirrors the symmetrical Urban Light installation beside it.
Eve by Auguste Rodin sculpture at LACMA
At the bottom of the stairs leading down to the garden you'll find 'Eve' by Auguste Rodin
Eve Auguste Rodin bronze sculpture
First modeled c.1881, the piece was cast by Musee Rodin in 1968.

Monument to Honore de Balzac
Monument to Honore de Balzac
Towering over the entrance to the B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Garden on Wilshire Boulevard you'll find the Monument to Honore de Balzac, renowned French novelist and playwright, which was first modeled in 1897 and cast in 1967.

Jean de Fiennes, Draped
Jean de Fiennes, draped sculpture
Flanking the entrance you'll find another two bronze figures paying tribute to the Burghers of Calais, heroes of the Hundred Years' War and symbols of French patriotism. 
Rodin's Jean de Fiennes, draped sculpture
On the left as you enter is 'Jean de Fiennes, Draped' which was originally modeled c.1885-86 and cast by the Musee Rodin in 1987.
Jean d'Aire
Rodin's Jean D'aire bronze sculpture
On your right you'll find a bronze statue of 'Jean d'Aire', which was first modeled around 1886 and cast in 1972. 
Jean d'Aire Rodin bronze sculpture
Here he is pictured holding one of the keys to the city of Calais.

Monumental head of Jean d'Aire
Monumental head of Jean d'Aire sculpture
Following on from the theme of the Burghers of Calais, you'll also find the Monumental Head of Jean d'Aire at the bottom of the steps leading down to the garden, side-by-side with fellow town leader, Pierre de Wissant.
Rodin bronze head sculptures at LACMA

Monumental head of Pierre de Wissant
Monumental head of Pierre de Wissant
This piece by Rodin was modeled c.1884 to 1885, enlarged in 1909 and cast in 1971. 
LACMA Rodin bronze head sculptures
Just a brief interlude from all these Rodin and Bourdelle bronze works, above the garden on the sculpture terrace near the Bust of Rodin, you can also find a sculpture by British artist, Henry Moore.

Three-part Reclining Figure
Henry Moore's Three part reclining figure
This bronze sculpture was produced in 1961 to 1962, by the Englishman who lived from 1898 to 1986. You can see more of his sculptures at The Getty Center.

The Prodigal Son
Rodin's The Prodigal Son at LACMA Sculpture Garden
The final Rodin sculpture that I want to showcase today is on display in the middle of the Sculpture Garden at LACMA - 'The Prodigal Son'.
The Prodigal Son sculpture side view
The statue was first modeled for Rodin c.1884/1894 to 1899 and cast in 1967 and is also known as 'Child of the Century'.
The Prodigal Son Rodin's bronze sculpture
Rodin once explained the sculpture expressed psychological tension and distress and was originally a study for 'The Gates of Hell', a work depicting scenes from 'Dante's Inferno'.

In it's lovely new home under the blissful Californian sunshine it's hard to imagine that he's suffering the agonies of the Underworld.

I hope you've enjoyed this look at the wonderful sculptures on show outside LACMA, if you ever get the opportunity to visit the Sculpture Garden, it's worth it and it's free to see.

Enjoy the inspiration...

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Discovering the delights of the LACMA Sculpture Garden - Part one...

Right beside the captivating Urban Light installation and visible from Wilshire Boulevard as you drive by is the B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Garden.
B Gerald Cantor sculpture Garden at LACMA, Wilshire Blvd
It's a great little space to walk through, or sit for a while, and appreciate the bronze pieces in the L.A. sunshine. 
B Gerald Cantor Sculpture Garden at LACMA
One of the best things is that admission is free, so between noon and 8pm most days (except Friday until 9pm and Wednesday when LACMA is closed), you can enjoy this tranquil sculpture garden.
Bronze sculpture garden at LACMA
On the sculpture terrace above the garden you'll find a bust of one of the main contributors to the bronze sculptures on display, French artist and infamous sculptor, Auguste Rodin.

Bust of Rodin
Bust of Rodin bronze sculpture by Bourdelle
The bronze bust was completed in 1909 to 1910 by fellow French artist and student of Rodin, Emile-Antoine Bourdelle, who lived from 1861 to 1929.
Bust of Rodin bronze sculpture LACMA
Rodin was one of the preeminent sculptors of his time and lived from 1840 to 1917. Once on a visit to Paris I even visited the Rodin Museum (Musee Rodin), so it's interesting to see so many of his works here in Los Angeles.

Head of the Figure of Eloquence
Head of the figure of Eloquence bronze sculpture
Close by the Rodin bust you'll also find another bronze head, again by Bourdelle.
Head of the figure of Eloquence bronze sculpture at LACMA
It's a slightly less happy looking soul entitled Head of the Figure of Eloquence from 1916 to 1918.

Herakles - The Archer
Harakles The Archer Bourdelle bronze sculpture 1909
Further along the terrace overlooking the sculpture garden you'll find one of Bourdelle's more arresting pieces from 1909, Herakles - The Archer.
Herakles - The Archer sculpture 1909 by Bourdelle at LACMA
Bourdelle was influenced by ancient Greek (hence the statue of Hercules) and Medieval sculpture and apparently was also a great believer in returning sculpture to the outdoors.
Herakles - The Archer bronze sculpture 1909 by Bourdelle at LACMA
I love how striking this muscled bronze sculpture looks against the blue Californian sky, with palm trees in the background.

Marsyas 
(Torso of the Falling Man)
Marsyas Torso of the Falling Man sculpture
Rodin's Marsyas Torso of the Falling Man at LACMA
Funnily enough I've become quite enamoured with sculpture recently, between trips to Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Garden at The Getty and other local artworks (of course it has nothing to do with some of these sculptures having the muscley physiques of Greek gods).
Rodin's Torso of the Falling Man from behind
At the top of the stairs leading down to the B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Garden at LACMA you'll find this impressive male torso by Rodin, first modeled c.1882 to 1889 and this version cast in 1970.
Rodin's Marsyas Torso of the Falling Man sculpture at LACMA
Rodin's Marsyas - Torso of the Falling Man sculpture
Next up is another piece by Rodin found amongst the palm trees in the garden itself.

Orpheus 
Auguste Rodin's Orpheus bronze sculpture at LACMA
The statue Orpheus was probably first modeled in 1890 to 1900 and was cast in 1969.
Rodin's Orpheus sculpture at LACMA
Apparently in Greek mythology, Orpheus, son of the God of Music, Apollo, tried to bring his wife Euridyce from the Underworld by enchanting Hades, its ruler, with his music. His plan nearly succeeded, but he couldn't resist the temptation to look back when he'd been instructed by Hades not to and so he lost Euridyce forever.
Orpheus bronze sculpture by Auguste Rodin at LACMA
It's such a dramatic piece and worth viewing from all angles, especially interesting when looking down from above.

The Shade
The Shade by Auguste Rodin bronze at LACMA sculpture gardenThe Shade Rodin bronze sculpture
Finally for this installment of the bronze works on display in the LACMA Sculpture Garden is possibly my favourite piece, The Shade by Rodin.
The Shade by Auguste Rodin bronze sculpture at LACMA
The Shade Rodin bronze sculpture from behind
It's impressive body is on a par with Bourdelle's Herakles, but this statue has a much more handsome face.
The Shade Rodin bronze sculpture close up
Rodin's The Shade bronze sculpture at LACMA
This masculine sculpture was first modeled c.1880 and enlarged c.1901. This piece was cast by Musee Rodin in 1969.
The Shade Auguste Rodin bronze sculpture at LACMA
And there you have just a sampling of the wonderful collection of sculptures for your visual delight at LACMA in Los Angeles.

Come back tomorrow for even more bronze marvels to inspire you.

In honour of the French artists above - Au revoir, a bientot mes amis...  

Friday, May 29, 2009

Puppy pictures to make you laugh (or smile at least)...

It's Friday so it must be time for Cooper's comedy caption contest.

He always makes us laugh, so no matter what kind of day you're having, I hope our adorable yellow Labrador Cooper can help brighten your day too.

Blast from the past
8 week old mirror image Cooper

Pup at home
15 week old air vent Cooper

Pup at the beach
Beach pointy eared pup

Pup at play
Bite me pup Cooper

Costume Cooper
The Force is with Yoda pup

Bath-time pup
Can I get out of the bath now pup

Sleepy pup
Big Yawn Pup Cooper

No matter what he's up to, playing at home or at the beach, sleeping or getting up to mischief, or just being too darn cute for words, he always manages to make us smile at the end of the day.

As always, caption suggestions are welcome by email or by simply posting a comment here at Jason in Hollywood. 

Have a great weekend...

P.S. Cooper and I had another celebrity sighting on Wednesday this week, this time Goldeneye Bond girl and X-Men star Famke Janssen out exercising with her french bulldog at Runyon Canyon. She's looking good and every bit the Hollywood star.

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