Aria Art Gallery will show in its spaces at Borgo SS Apostoli, a new and exciting solo exhibition of works by the internationally acclaimed hyper realist sculptor American artist Carole A. Feuerman – Shapes of Reality. The show will be open April 30th and run through June 20th. The show is curated by Antonio D’Amico of the renowned Aria Art Gallery, Florence, Italy.
The artist looks at the Shapes of Reality and goes back to the Renaissance to rediscover beauty and elegance that are hidden behind each shape and, like the great personalities of antique art, she models emotions, impressing them into gazes, gestures and expression of dreaming faces. “Feuerman shapes the soul of her sculptures, which tells reality and so life”, as Antonio D’Amico writes in the catalogue, available in the gallery, “to underline how art, in its sculptural dimension, is an illusion of the natural and elevating nature, it equals it and even exceeds it”. It will be fascinating to walk by the works that are exhibited at the Aria Art Gallery to discover the procedure that leads the artist to “become a competitor against nature”.
Form the mould of men and women, to the creative fantasy of transforming what already exists, changing its elements: painted resin sculptures or bronze ones, life size ones, or on scale ones, amplifying their presence or reducing their intrusiveness. In any case, the attention for details is clear: locks coming out of the caps of the swimmers, well-defined lashes and eyebrows, darker or lighter spots on the skin and drops of water that slip naturally on wet bodies.
Usually closed in her New York studio just below Times Square, Carole A. Feuerman shows to the Florentine audience the hyperrealism that has been her passion for four decades giving life to characters that are the mirror of moments of everyday life, into which anyone can even recognize his own experience. During the show her swimmers will be visible, boys and girls caught in different positions, from the diving position to the resting position on a rubber life preserver or on a ball.
Carole A. Feuerman is recognized as one of the world’s most renowned, influential, and popular hyperrealist sculptors. Her prolific career spans four decades in which she has pioneered new approaches to sculpture. Working in both monumental and life size, she is the only figurative artist to hyperrealistically paint bronze for use in outdoor public art, and the only sculptor to install these sculptures in the water.
While attending the School of Visual Arts in New York, she painted 13 album covers used by Time Warner Records including, but not limited to, The Rolling Stones World Tour Book, Alice Cooper, and Aretha Franklin. She has been honored with six major museum retrospectives to date. Her work has been showcased in numerous exhibitions including multiple Venice Biennales, the State Hermitage, the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation, the Kunstmuseum Ahlen, the Archeological Museum di Fiesole, and the Circulo de Bellas Artes. She won first prize at the Austrian Biennale, the Florence Biennale, the 2008 Olympic Fine Art Exhibition, best in show at the Beijing Biennale, and won the Save The Arts Foundation Award as Museum Choice.
In 2000, she was elected to be a member of the International Woman’s Forum, where preeminent leaders of diverse professional achievement from finance to fine arts come together to make a difference and to take an active, leadership role in matters of importance. In 2013 her sculpture, The General’s Daughter was featured in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.
Carole Feuerman is the only figurative artist who has installed this kind of sculptures even inside water. Just weeks ago, she installed two of her haunting, bathing beauties In New Orleans for a year. Among her most prestigious collectors, there are Bill and Hilary Clinton, His Majesty the Emperor of Japan and Henry Kissinger.
There are four full-color monographs written about her work: Carole Feuerman Sculpture, both editions published by Hudson Hills Press, La Scultura in Contra la Realta, which is available in multiple languages, and Swimmers, published by The Artist Book Foundation.
Immediately following her solo show, she has been invited to show two of her more exotic sculptures at this next edition of the historic Venice Biennale which has been in existence since 1895. The Biennale runs May 9 through November 22, 2015. For more information about Carole A Feuerman’s work and upcoming exhibitions , please visit www.carolefeuerman.com
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