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Telling Tales

Friday, July 30, 2010–Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ernst Barlach (German, 1870–1938). Der Rächer (The Avenger), 1914. Bronze, 17 x 22 7/8 x 8 3/4 inches (43.2 x 58.1 x 22.2 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Charles Clifton Fund, 1961.

Telling Tales features a selection of small sculpture and other works that tell stories. Some of the stories are about spiritual beliefs, including those of Tahiti, Russia, and ancient Egypt. Other works reflect on politics and society—for example, Jirí Kolár's evocation of Greece in Cycladic Heads, Honoré-Victorin Daumier’s satiricial figure Ratapoil, and Ernst Barlach’s moving World War I work The Avenger. Stories about people and families include Janine Antoni’s unusual sculpture Umbilical, featuring the family silver, and Medardo Rosso’s enigmatic Eta d’oro (The Golden Age). One section of the exhibition will include sculpture of various animals, including horses, dogs, and deer. Still other works tell stories about process and artistic materials, including Arman’s Paintbox, which has rarely been on view. Finally, imaginary stories are inspired by several of Joseph Cornell’s fantastic boxes and Charles Frederick Simonds’s compelling sculpture Ritual Furnace.

This exhibition was organized by Curator of Education Mariann Smith.

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