Jim Dine, Primary Ladies, Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art. Click to inquire.>
Equally inhabiting its audience's three dimensional space, sculpture is an art form which demands a viewer's active participation. In order to grasp the medium, a composition of chiseled physical exertions, viewers must circumnavigate the work. Painting's rival since the great Renaissance Paragone debate, which pitted the ruggedness of sculptures and their creators against the refined nature of a painter, sculpture's inheritance of antiquity's bronze and marble works have influenced artistic conceptions to this day.
As seen in Jim Dine's Primary Ladies (Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art), the contemporary artist has appropriated the famed Venus de Milo (Louvre Museum) in his colorful figures. Nonetheless, sculpture does not have to be figural at all, seen in the minimal strips of metal found in Harry Bertoia's philosophical Sonambient Maquette, or perhaps the playful works of Claes Oldenburg.
FADA's collection of sculptures reflects the energy of the medium in its various forms and its development throughout the history of art.