RON MUECK MONUMENTAL SCULPTURE ON DISPLAY AT THE FONDATION CARTIER, PARIS
Despite its overwhelming visual impact, the work of hyperrealist sculptor Ron Mueck is rarely seen in public, due in large part to the artist’s reclusive, retiring nature. Now, with his first European exhibition in over seven years, the artist once again stuns audiences with his ultra-lifelike sculptures in an eponymous show currently on display at the Fondation Cartier in Paris.
A mix of old and new, the exhibit showcases some of Mueck’s more recognizable older work, including the standout giant sleeping face sculpture “Mask II” alongside a collection of equally stunning new works. Chief among these is the massive-scale new sculpture titled “Couple Under An Umbrella” depicting an elderly couple at the beach that is the centerpiece of the show. Smaller, yet comparably arresting new works include “Young Couple” which depicts a teenage couple in an embrace and the poignant “Woman With Shopping” which depicts a beleaguered mother carrying bags of groceries in her hands and her young baby inside her overcoat in a scene that should be all too familiar to women everywhere.
The real star of the show, however, as always, is Mueck’s virtuosic technique—highlighted in a video documentary accompanying the show—which the artist employs to create unbelievably lifelike figures that are so realistic as to keep museum guards on constant alert to the never-ending threat of curious viewers reaching out for a touch.
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