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Bodily Space: New Obsessions in Figurative Sculpture

Tuesday, April 20–Tuesday, September 7, 2004

Katharina Fritsch, Doktor, 1997-99. Private Collection, New York. Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, New York.

Bodily Space: New Obsessions in Figurative Sculpture was a compelling counterpart to Rodin: A Magnificent Obsession. By exploring the cultural relevance of the figurative tradition in art, this exhibition addressed overlapping themes that Rodin tackled a century prior such as the effect of space, context, and size on one’s perception of the sculptural body; the fine line between humor and horror; the uneasy merging of biology and technology; and the continuing relevance of narrative drama and abstraction in contemporary art.

Organized at the Gallery by project curator Holly E. Hughes, this exhibition featured an outstanding array of borrowed works by an international group of sculptors working in a variety of mediums, many who had not been previously exhibited at the Gallery: Janine Antoni, Maurizio Cattelan, Katharina Fritsch, Robert Gober, Antony Gormley, Duane Hanson, Ron Mueck, Juan Muñoz, Bruce Nauman, Tony Oursler, Nam June Paik, Alan Rath, Charles Ray, Peter Sarkisian, Kiki Smith, and Spencer Tunick.