Turn Your Home Into an Art Museum With These Sculptures

April 16, 2020

A medium as diverse as it is ancient, sculpture has been described by Auguste Rodin as "the art of the hole and the lump.” Throughout history, the process originally included carving and modelling, in stone, metal, ceramics, wood and other natural materials. Since Modernism, there has been an almost complete freedom of materials and process.

In contemporary art, the medium has been reconsidered, redefined, and reworked, appearing in a myriad of manifestations. It now exists in and defines not just physical space, but psychic space, conceptual space, political space, and also our presence in it, our relationship to it, our movement through it, our responsibility for it.

On our list, you will find a diverse selection of contemporary sculpture that you can immediately add to your art collection.

Featured image: Tony Tasset - Snakes, 2020. All images courtesy of their respective galleries.

Esperanza Cortés - Corazon Plateado/Silver Heart

A Colombian-born visual artist based in New York, Esperanza Cortés explores the themes of social injustice and cultural invisibility through paintings, sculptures and installations. In the core of her work is her passion for the mosaic of the Americas, its folk art traditions, rituals, music, dance and their ever-evolving changes.

Made out of glass beads on clay sculpture, Silver Heart from 2012 is poetically and intricately crafted, creating an intimate repository for the individual and collective memory. Using the human body as a symbol and expression of nature, vulnerability and power, it encourages viewers to reconsider social and historical narratives in the aftermath of Colonialism.

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Sasha Holzer - Path

A British contemporary artist, Sasha Holzer is best known for his shallow relief woodcarvings that reveal a profound and meticulous knowledge of the properties of the materials used. While his earlier works were characteristically gridded, resembling sections of a potentially infinite pattern, his more recent pieces have a sense of formal containment and in which images have started to appear.

Created in 2016, Path reflects light at different angles on the shallow relief, revealing the multifaceted grains in the wood. This highly geometric work was born out of a very intuitive physical relationship with the material and the carving tools.

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Artur Lescher - Pendulo #07

Constantly experimentation with materials, the Brazilian artist Artur Lescher creates austere, poetic sculptures, objects, and installations through which he investigates the mechanics of form and movement, balance and tension, and architectural spaces.

The work Pendulo #07 belongs to the body of work inspired by the idea of "asterismo," a place undecipherable by science. Asterismos do not have officially determined boundaries and play in a space of the uncertain and incalculable.

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Kiki Smith - Woman with Dog

An American contemporary artist, Kiki Smith focuses on narrative, the human condition, and the natural world. Belonging to the end of the second wave of Feminist art, she found new ways to explore the social, cultural, and political roles of women.

A petite milky-white sculpture, Woman with Dog from 2003 portrays a nude woman cavorting in a wily unselfconscious manner with a dog. In their propinquity, one might read the dog and woman as somehow conjoined, as two sides of the same character.

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Banksy - Walled Off Hotel - Wall Sculpture

Banksy is certainly one of the most popular, yet most mysterious creatives in the street art circles. His work combines spray paint and stenciling techniques with commercial, and political imagery, imbued with ironic social commentary and humor.

The artist opened a dystopian hotel right in the face of the Israeli security wall that wraps around Bethlehem. Titled The Walled Off Hotel, it aims to bring attention to this part of the world, the illegal wall which it overlooks, and even the Israeli watchtowers it faces. This piece is a miniature concrete souvenir sculpture, hand-painted by local artists.

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Remed - LA COPULA

In his art, the French artist Remed fuses mathematics and calligraphy, seeking precision and simplifying things to make them universal. He finds inspiration in classical 20th-century artists such as Modigliani and Léger, but also the Moroccan art of Zellige, revitalizing these movements.

LA COPULA is a metal sculpture created for the Biennale of Contemporary Art of Anglet, France.

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Francis Guerrier - Scum

A French artist from Marseille, Francis Guerrier worked for twenty years as decorator and scenographer for events, theatre, dance, opera and music, until he devoted himself to sculpture in 2002. Since 2005, he has been working with steel.

The work Scum is created of metal that by its own energy, its spring and its resistance was shaped to create the volume. The piece is characterized by curved, organic lines.

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Tony Tasset - Snakes

An American multimedia artist, Tony Tasset is celebrated for his large-scale public sculptures that invoke viewers to engage and experience the artist’s intentional connections between the given subject and themselves. Employing wisdom and wit, he continuously contends with the trappings of modernism, postmodern theory, pop culture and the universal human emotions associated with love, loss, frailty and beauty.

Created in 2020, this piece combines taxidermic plush toy snakes, rubber toy snakes and taxidermies snakes, writhing like a tempestuous sea of taxidermic flesh and plush. The piece blurs the boundary between what’s phony and what’s real.

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Mel Ramos - Chiquita Banana

Mel Ramos is best known for his provocative yet humorous paintings and prints inspired by Pop-Art and Pin-Up style. Tapping into an art form that is as old as art itself, he elevated the nude to new and engaging heights.

His work combines imagery of luscious women with everyday commercialized items such as Coca-Cola bottles or hot dogs. In the piece Chiquita Banana, a seductive female figure is coming out of a half-peeled banana.

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Regine Schumann - Colormirror rainbow glow after blu orange milan

A German visual artist, Regine Schumann creates works in which light, and its transformative powers in particular, plays a key in the experience and exploration of color and form. She uses materials and color combination in innovative ways, providing each work with a unique and ineffable luminosity.

Colormirror rainbow glow after blu orange milan is made of acrylic glass, shining in pastel fluorescent color. The work is greatly influenced by architecture in their graceful forms and geometric precision.

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Follow These Artists

Banksy
Remed
Mel Ramos

Follow These Galleries

Dep Art Gallery

Milan, Italy

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery

New Orleans, United States of America

Lougher Contemporary

Bristol, United Kingdom

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