Art update

Thomas Houseago at the Storm King Art Center

Thomas Houseago, Striding Figure II (Ghost), 2012, breeze and steel, 15′ 6.5″ x 7′ 9″ x 12′
 
On May 4th, we drove up to Storm King Art Center to attend Thomas Houseago’s opening of his first U.S. museum exhibition titled “As I Went Out One Morning”. The title is taken from a Bob Dylan song showing the influence that music had on the artist.
 
Thomas Houseago, Studio Seat I, 2011, Tuf-Cal, hemp and iron rebar,  50″ x 41.5″ x 42.5″
 
The exhibition consists of indoor and outdoor sculpture in several media including bronze, aluminum, wood, Tuf-Cal plaster and charcoal as well as drawings. For the first time a grouping of two plaster chairs can be viewed in front of the Museum Hill Building inviting visitors to sit upon them. This alludes to the artist’s studio-based practice where he says “the studio for me is the center of my life”.
 
Alexander Calder, The Arch, 1975, Steel painted black, 50′ x 41′ 5″ x 35′   


Storm King is one of the world’s premiere sculpture parks located about one hour North of NYC on over 500 acres in the Hudson Valley. 
It’s grounds are an ideal venue to view Thomas’ work as well as a unique opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the dramatic landscape with its allees, woodlands, lawns and vistas in harmony with the collection (dating from the 1960’s to present). We went on the tram to cover more ground and saw many of the highlights along the way: Calder’s The Arch, Maya Lin’s Wavefield, Richard Serra’s Schunnemunk Fork, Andy Goldsworthy’s Storm King Wall, Marc Di Suvero’s Pyramidian and David Smith’s Volton XX.  

Another trip is definitely necessary!