Go See: 'Statuephilia' at The British Museum today through January 25th

October 4th, 2008


Marc Quinn, Siren, 2008, Gold – via Telegraph

Today, The British Museum opened Statuephilia – a show of five major contemporary sculptures by five leading British artists – Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, Ron Mueck, Antony Gormley, and Noble and Webster. The works are placed separately throughout the museum’s permanent collection in their respective relevant historical contexts. The exhibition includes Siren, Marc Quinn’s life size solid 18 carat gold statue of Kate Moss in a Yoga position which is set in the museum’s Nereid Room among ancient statues of Greek goddesses which was previously covered by AO here.

Images from Statuephilia [Telegraph]
Statuephilia Opens [Art Daily]
Kate Moss: The Muse [Independent]
Marc Quinn Immortalizes Kate Moss [TimesUK]
Solid gold Moss statue revealed [BBC]
Statuephilia at The British Museum Website

More images and links after the jump.
Siren by Marc Quinn
Marc Quinn, Siren, 2008, Gold – via British Museum



Ron Mueck, Mask II, 2001/2002, Mixed Media
Photo via British Museum

Ron Mueck’s giant sleeping self-portrait Mask II is located in the Living and Dying: Welcome Trust Gallery next to Hoa Hakananai’a, a maoi (human figure made of stone) from Rapa Nui (Easter Island.)


Hoa Hakananai’a, From Orongo, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Polynesia, around AD 1000 via British Museum


Ron Mueck, Mask II, 2001/2002, Mixed Media via BBC


Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Dark Stuff, 2008
Various mummified animals, metal stand, light projector via British Museum

Noble and Webster’s Dark Stuff recalls the ancient Egyptian belief that deities could take the form of animals such as cats, dogs and birds as well as the practice of breeding these animals to later be mummified and offered back to the gods. Noble and Webster have assembled the mummified remains of various animals caught by their pet cats over the past few years, arranging these remains to create projected silhouettes of the two artists’ own faces.


Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Dark Stuff, 2008
Various mummified animals, metal stand, light projector
Photo via BBC


Antony Gormley, A Case for Angel I, 1989, Plaster, fibreglass, lead, steel – via British Museum

Antony Gormley’s A Case for Angel I stands at the entrance to the museum.  Unlike his later monumentally sized Angel of The North, and apart from the 8 1/2 meter wingspan the body of this angel is human-sized. According to The British Museum’s website, A Case for Angel I serves as “a metaphor for humanity’s capacity to imagine and create, particularly appropriate at the entrance to a museum that celebrates those very endeavours.”


Antony Gormley, A Case for Angel I, 1989, Plaster, fibreglass, lead, steel, air – via BBC

Damien Hirst’s Cornucopia, 200 plastic spin-painted skulls, is contained within 8 antique wall cabinets in The British Museum’s Enlightenment Room. The format of Cornucopia recalls the Englightenment’s scientific inclination to collect, study, and classify and to explain natural phenomenon rationally. However, the paint splatter patterns on the skulls evokes more spooky and ritualistic notions which human kind has been unable to leave behind despite how much scientific progress and understanding it achieves.



Damien Hirst, Cornucopia, 2008, Household gloss paint on plastic skulls – via British Museum

Statuephilia is on view at The British Museum, October 4, 2008 – January 25, 2009

-rebecca@artobserved.com

A girl named Buddy.(Suffolk Sun)

The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA) January 6, 2008 A girl Buddy Buddy, a rescued green iguana, often stars in JB’s Rattles’ live reptile shows that introduce youngsters to the world of alligators, snakes and other reptiles.

“She’s adorable – and loves people,” said John Barnes, aka Rattles, a reptile specialist from Moyock, N.C.

He has collected reptiles and had them as pets since he was 7, when he captured his first green snake. A home repairs contractor, Barnes also does snake removals from homes and businesses, returning the creatures to the wild.

Buddy, 4 feet long (counting her tail), had been kept by her previous owners in a chicken wire cage, and she lost several fingers trying to climb the sharp wire.

Even though Buddy is a female, Barnes decided to keep the name she’d been given by the previous owners.

But under Barnes’ care, she has recovered, and enjoys meeting youngsters at libraries and schools where the Barnes’ menagerie appears.

During January, Barnes is inviting students to make a poster and send it with a 300-word essay about reptiles.

The winner, he said, will receive a free, live educational reptile show at his or her school. For more information, visit www.jbsrattles.com, or call (757) 739-4917.

She wins a car and a day off, to boot Sometime in the next few days, Norfolk’s Amina Gueye-Ruiz, will be getting the keys to her new black, 2008 Saturn Vue.

Gueye-Ruiz, a part-time student, is also a full-time photo finishing technician at the Walgreens at Colley Avenue and 21st Street in Norfolk.

Her name was drawn to win one of 28 cars the drug store awarded nationwide , to employees nominated for outstanding customer service.

Store manager Katherine Pezzulich said that since her store ranked among the top Walgreens in customer service, all the employees were nominated.

She learned Dec. 15 that Gueye-Ruiz had won, but could not tell her until Dec. 18, after all the arrangements had been made.

“That was tough,” Pezzulich said. “But when we did tell her, she was so excited she just squealed.” In a Dec. 21 ceremony, Gueye-Ruiz received a mock check for the amount of the car – and took the rest of the day off. dresslongblacknow.com dress long black

An important walk down the aisle Nancy Schreier, of Virginia Beach, will be one of a dozen amateurs walking the runway with professional models at the Uniquely Yours Bridal Showcase today at the Norfolk Marriott.

Each of the 12 amateur models, including one wearing a wedding gown trimmed in pink, is a breast cancer survivor.

Pearl Taylor, of Uniquely Yours by Pearl, is dedicating the show to two of her best friends, including Schreier, who are breast cancer survivors.

Taylor, sponsor of the show, said proceeds from admissions will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The show is from 11 a.m.to 5 p.m.

Schreier, 65, is a 19-year cancer survivor. She’ll be wearing a mother of the bride – or groom – dress, long, black chiffon, and, she said, “it’s a little sexy.” “We hope our modeling will be an inspiration to women to show that breast cancer is not the end of life; it can be the beginning,” she said.

“A lot of women in the show are very young survivors, and we want to show that you can still look lovely.” Although Schreier is an amateur model, she’s an experienced mother of the groom and bride. Her son was married in New York in August. Her daughter was married 13 years ago in Norfolk.

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215,000 The number of horses, ponies and mules the U.S. Department of Agriculture say there is in Virginia, based on its latest survey from November, 2006. It represents a 26 percent increase in horses from the last time the survey was done, in June, 2001. Quarter horses and thoroughbreds were the leading breeds in the state, and total value of all the equine was $1.65 billion , according to the survey.

6,700 The number of square feet of Norfolk’s new Farmers Market, formerly the Five Points Community Farm Market, scheduled to open this spring on Church Street, a few blocks south of Lafayette Park . Rising rents at its former Norview location forced the non-profit market to close Dec. 22. An important walk down the aisle Nancy Schreier of Virginia Beach will be one of a dozen amateurs walking the runway with professional models at the Uniquely Yours Bridal Showcase today at the Norfolk Marriott Waterside.

Each of the 12 amateur models, including one wearing a wedding gown trimmed in pink, is a breast cancer survivor.

Pearl Taylor, of Uniquely Yours by Pearl, is dedicating the show to two of her best friends, including Schreier, who are breast cancer survivors. Taylor said proceeds from admissions will be donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The show is from 11 a.m.to 5 p.m. Brides are free; otherwise, tickets are $5.

Schreier, 65, is a 19-year cancer survivor. She will wear a mother-of-the-bride – or groom – dress, long, black chiffon, and, she said, “a little sexy.” “We hope our modeling will be an inspiration to women to show that breast cancer is not the end of life; it can be the beginning,” she said.

“A lot of women in the show are very young survivors, and we want to show that you can still look lovely.” Although Schreier is an amateur model, she’s an experienced mother of the groom and bride. Her son was married in New York in August. Her daughter was married 13 years ago in Norfolk.

She wins a car – and a day off Sometime in the next few days, Norfolk’s Amina Gueye-Ruiz will receive the keys to her new black, 2008 Saturn Vue.

Gueye-Ruiz, a part-time student, is also a full-time photo finishing technician at the Walgreens at Colley Avenue and 21st Street in Norfolk.

Her name was drawn to win one of 28 cars the drug store awarded nationwide to employees nominated for outstanding customer service.

Store manager Katherine Pezzulich said that since her store ranked among the top Walgreens in customer service, all the employees were nominated.

She learned Dec. 15 that Gueye-Ruiz had won, but could not tell her until Dec. 18, after all the arrangements had been made.

“That was tough,” Pezzulich said. “But when we did tell her, she was so excited she just squealed.” In a Dec. 21 ceremony, Gueye-Ruiz received a mock check for the amount of the car – and took the rest of the day off. uddy, a rescued green iguana, often stars in JB’s Rattles’ live reptile shows that introduce youngsters to the world of alligators, snakes and other reptiles. go to site dress long black

“She’s adorable – and loves people,” said John Barnes, aka “Rattles,” a reptile specialist from Moyock, N.C.

He has collected reptiles and had them as pets since age 7, when he captured his first green snake. A home repairs contractor, Barnes also does snake removals from homes and businesses, returning the creatures to the wild.

Buddy, 4 feet long (counting her tail), had been kept by her previous owners in a chicken wire cage, and she lost several fingers trying to climb the sharp wire.

Even though Buddy is a female, Barnes decided to keep the name she’d been given by the previous owners.

But under Barnes’ care, she has recovered and enjoys meeting youngsters at libraries and schools, where the Barnes’ menagerie appears.

During January, Barnes invites students to make a poster and send it with a 300-word essay about reptiles.

The winner, he said, will receive a free, live educational reptile show at his or her school. For more information, visit www.jbsrattles.com, or call (757) 739-4917.

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Above Amina Gueye-Ruiz, second from right, poses with her winning check for a new Saturn Vue (inset), as her boss, Walgreens store manager Katherine Pezzulich, looks on. At left is Vince Wilkinson, and, at right, Paul Ray, both district managers for Walgreens. courtesy photo courtesy photo Nancy Schreier of Virginia Beach will be among the breast-cancer survivor/models participating in today’s bridal gown show at the Norfolk Marriott. courtesy photo John Barnes takes Buddy, his rescued green iguana, on the road with him for his reptile shows. “She’s adorable – and loves people,” Barnes says.