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ARTmonday: Modern Sculpture Garden in Japan

With our delayed flight on Sunday (hung out in the San Francisco airport for 8 hours after flying in from Osaka), and adjusting back to Boston life, this post about the sculpture garden called the Hakone Open-Air Museum is a few days delayed. But no less fantastic. I loved exploring Tokyo and Kyoto, but in terms of actual sights, this was by far my favorite.

The Hakone Open-Air Museum opened in 1969 as the first open-air art museum in Japan. I wasn’t sure what “open-air” meant, but quickly discovered it is a vast sculpture garden. There are also four indoor exhibition halls though I didn’t have time to see any of those.

The museum’s collections include about 100 sculptures by both Asian and Western artists including Rodin, Miro, and Moore. In fact, I believe I read that the Hakone Open-Air Museum has the largest collection of Henry Moore sculptures in the world. 

The museum is also known for its hot springs-fed foot bath. (Hakone is a resort town famous for its hot springs.) It was my first introduction to the Japanese foot bath, and sublime. 

Here are some of my favorite pieces from my afternoon at the Hakone Open-Air Museum last week.

Silver Cone Sculpture At Open Air Museum Hakone Japan

unidentified

Modern Sculpture By Agustin Cardenas In Hakone

Agustin Cardenas, Femme au Repos, 1976

Jean Dubuffet Sculpture In Japan

Jean Dubuffet, Arborescence, 1971-80

Miss Black Power Sculptuer At Open Air Museum

Niki de Saint Phalle, Miss Black Power, 1968

Two Hares Sculpture in Hakone Japan

Barry Flanagan, Two Boxing Rabbits, 1965

Abstract Sculpture Of Two Figures By Henry Moore

foreground: Henry Moore
 background: Gabriel Loire, Symphonic Sculpture

Henry Moore Sculpture In Japanese Sculpture Garden Hakone

Henry Moore, Reclining Figure Arch Leg

Ryoli Gojo Intersecting Space Construction

Ryoli Gojo, Intersecting Space Construction, 1978

Ryoli Gojo Intersecting Space Construction Detail

Ryoli Gojo, Intersecting Space Construction, 1978, detail

Giuliano Vangi 2004 White Sculpture In Japan

Giuliano Vangi, Grande Racconto, 2004

Gold Ball Sculpture In Hakone Japan Sculpture Garden

Arnaldo Pomodoro, Sphere Within Sphere (Sfera con sfera)

Fried Egg Benches At Hakone Open Air Museum in Japan

Carl Milles, The Hand of God
fried egg benches

Barbara Hepworth Sculpture In Hakone Japan

Barbara Hepworth, Two Figures, 1968

Henry Moore Sculpture In Hakone Japan Sculpture Garden

Henry Moore, Reclining Figure: Angles, 1979

Jean Arp Gold Blob Figure Sculpture In Japan

Jean Arp, The Giant Pip

Matchinsky-Denninghoff Modern Sculpture At Hakone Open Air Museum

Matchinsky-Denninghoff, Sturm, 1980

Modern Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

unidentified

Hand Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

 Rainer Kreister, Big Hand

Bronze Arm Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

Kenneth Armitage, Both Arms, 1969-70

Modern Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

unidentified

Alexander Calder Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

Alexander Calder, Les Aretes de Poisson, 1966

Jim Dine Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

Jim Dine, The Lookout Tower, 1990

Japanese Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

Hiroatsu Takata, La Mer, 1962

Henry Moore Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

Henry Moore, Family Group, 1948-49

Henry Moore Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

Henry Moore, Mother and Child: Block Seat, 1983-84

Modern Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

César, La Victoire de Villetaneuse, 1965

Pregnant Woman Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

César, La Victoire de Villetaneuse, 1965, detail

Nude Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

César, La Victoire de Villetaneuse, 1965, detail

Mid-Century Modern Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

Ossip Zadkine, La Demeure, 1960

Foot Bath At Hakone Sculpture Garden Museum In Japan

foot bath

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ARTmonday: Art Basel Miami 2014 Part II

Here’s my second batch of photos from Art Basel Miami 2014. (Here’s the link to Art Basel Miami 2014 Part I, in case you missed it last Monday.) I feel like a lot of the works were similar to last year’s Art Basel Miami 2013, though I didn’t see quite as many neon and textual pieces. I wonder if this year’s presentations were a little less edgy?

Nevertheless, I am always excited to see work by artists whose work I’m familiar with, like modern masters such as Alexander Calder, Jean Dubuffet, Kenneth Noland, and Josef Albers, or those just slightly less known, that I learned about in college art history class, like Louise Nevelson. Then there are the more contemporary artists that I learned about from exploring museums in New York, such as Nan Goldin and Damien Hirst, or more recently, Pinterest, such as Ed Ruscha.

Even if you don’t have the astronomical budget it would take to decorate your home with artwork from the top galleries that exhibit at Art Basel Miami, it is still incredible to attend. The central show at the Convention Center is really more like a museum exhibit. It’s interesting to see work by artists that form the foundation that inform today’s more contemporary artists, and our overall design aesthetic. It will help develop your eye for when you are shopping for more affordable artwork for your home.

Here are 35 pieces of modern and contemporary art from the Convention Center at Art Basel Miami 2014. If you happen to know any of the artwork I wasn’t able to identify, please share. (I actually wandered around on my own for an hour in hopes of carefully documenting everything I photographed, but I still missed a couple.) Thanks!

abstract-artwork-art-basel-miami

Unidentified artist, but how great is that backdrop?

anne-truitt-blue-field

Anne Truitt

bridget-riley-stripe-painting

Bridget Riley

ghader-amer-portrait-of-a-girl

Ghader Amer

gideon-rubin-portraits

Gideon Rubin

louise-bourgeoise-spider-sculpture

Louise Bourgeois

marina-abramovic-photograph-art-basel-miami

Marina Abramovic

nan-goldin-simon-and-jessica

Nan Goldin

alex-prager-untitled-parts-3

Alex Prager

robert-motherwell-art-basel-miami

Robert Motherwell

simmons-&-burke-horizontal-clouds

Simmons & Burke

terry-winters-clocks-and-clouds

Terry Winters

ed-ruscha-this-and-that

Ed Ruscha

liu-wei-sandwiches-no-12-detail

Liu Wei (detail)

adolph-gottlieb-caligraphy

Adolph Gottlieb

alexander-calder-appearing-orbs

Alexander Calder

keith-hering-dogs

Keith Haring

haegue-yang-sonic

Haegue Yang

ian-davenport-colourcade-string

Ian Davenport

kenneth-nolan-mysteries-moonlit

Kenneth Noland

IMG_5431

unidentified

josef-albers-2

Josef Albers

josef-albers-1

Josef Albers

IMG_5432

unidentified

anne-truitt-sculpture

Anne Truitt

david-hockney-ipad-drawing-2

David Hockney

gary-hume-california

Gary Hume

jean-dubuffet-giant-sculpture

Jean Dubuffet

louise-nevelson-sculpture

Louise Nevelson

peter-liversidge-mask-group

glen-rubsamen-yucca-video

Glen Rubsamen (video)

angelika-krinzinger-diptych

Angelika Krinzinger

roy-lichtenstein-art-basel

Roy Lichtenstein

martin-creed

Martin Creed

michele-abeles-chanel

Michele Abeles

orange-abstract-on-wallpaper-wall

Martin Creed

sheila-hicks-fiber-installation

Sheila Hicks

sheila-hicks-fiber-installation-detail

Sheila Hicks (detail)

thomas-ruff-photograph

Thomas Ruff

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