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Art Break: Exploring Sculpture Through ‘Rebel Clay’ at Cavin Morris

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 25, 2017

Art Break asks the question: what do you think is a sculpture? Is it a figure in clay, metal, or stone? Is it an abstract mass? Or is it anything in three dimensions? What about an empty space marked off by boundary lines? This week we explore all the possibilities with our four gallery picks. Both Christopher Wilmarth and Lydia Okumura show how sculpture can start to move from a mass to the outline of a mass, a tricky concept for this medium. Tony Cragg stays with three dimensions but uses abstract forms that shift as the viewer moves around the object. And finally, our pick of the week: the Cavin Morris group show of self taught artists working in clay. A mix of representational and abstract works, these pieces answer our question – sculpture is all of the above!

Art Break Downtown:

Where: Betty Cuningham Gallery, 15 Rivington Street

When: Now through October 29, Wed – Sat: 10-6, Sun: 12-6

Who: Christopher Wilmarth

What: Sculptures and works on paper

Why: Geometric forms that capture the eye

Art Break Chelsea:

Where: Cavin Morris, 210 Eleventh Avenue, Suite 201

When: Now through October 7, Tues-Sat: 12-6

Who: Rebel Clay

What: Ceramics by self taught artists

Why: Clay allows for a freedom of expression that drawings and paintings can’t match

Art Break Midtown (up to 59th Street, East or West):

Where: Marian Goodman Gallery, 24 West 57th Street

When: Now through October 14, Mon – Sat: 10-6

Who: Tony Cragg: Recent Sculptures

What: Abstract shapes that take their cues from nature

Why: Elegant forms in metal, stone, and wood

Art Break Above 60th Street (East or West):

Where: Broadway 1602, 211 East 121st Street, ground floor

When: Now through October 7, Tue – Fri: 10-6

Who: Lydia Okumura: Five Sides and Other Dimensions

What: Site specific sculptures of string, glass, and metal

Why: Simple materials that dominate large spaces


Cover: Eugene Von Bruenchenhei, untitled, 1960-1980; hand dug clay and paint; 3 x 4 x 3 inches / 7.6 x 10.2 x 7.6 cm; EV 48; courtesy of Cavin Morris Gallery.


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