Frishmuth’s The Vine (Metropolitan Museum Favorites, 11)

My Innovators in Sculpture tour starts at Frishmuth's The Vine, one of my favorite sculptures in the Metropolitan Museum of Art - and a great example of how far sculptors had…

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Pergamon Exhibition (Metropolitan Museum Favorites, 9)

Back in the 1870s, German archeologists began extensive excavations at Pergamon, an ancient Greek city whose ruins lie in modern Turkey, near the Aegean Sea. The museum built to house the…

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Saint Gaudens and His Sherman

Sculpting the Sherman Monument Augustus Saint Gaudens, recognized since his Farragut, 1880, as one of America's most skilled and innovative sculptors, was already ill in 1891, when he accepted the commission for an equestrian…

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America’s Response Monument at Ground Zero

I'm happy that the there is now one figurative sculpture at the World Trade Center site: it honors the Americans who fought in the wake of 9/11. While construction on the…

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Rocket Man Among the Soccer Players

Zig-zagging through the soccer games in Flushing Meadow one sunny Sunday, I came up behind this sculpture. Comments follow each photo. Note: "proper left" means "the statue's own left," rather than…

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My Shot (Hamilton 8)

Have you stopped to think about the way "My Shot" builds on the opening number of Hamilton: An American Musical?  It sets him up as a young hero eager to change the…

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