Sunday, August 06, 2006

The finest artist of his generation

'It was the most amazing response,' says Wiggins, still sounding surprised and enthralled. 'You felt that they were confronting a sacred object. You could see that it was communicating something in a visceral and emotional way. I remember my mother coming to the show and standing in front of the sculpture of the woman and the newborn baby. She just welled up. She couldn't speak, then finally she said, "Yes, that's what it's like."'

Today's Observer profile of Ron Mueck describes reaction to his sculpture Mother and Child (above), and describes him as 'the finest artist of his generation'. On An Overgrown Path totally agrees, and wrote about the impact of Mueck's work back in December 2004 after we saw his monumental scuplture Boy in the stunning new Aros Gallery in Arhus, Denmark.

There is currently a Ron Mueck exhibition at the National Galleries of Scotland. The Edinburgh Festival opens on August 13th, and there will be a Festival preview On An Overgrown Path later this week.

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1 comment:

Pliable said...

When I wrote the Danish Thread article that this post links to I remember I was experimenting, for fun, with hidden links.

Anyone with very little to do this Sunday might like to hover their cursor over that article to find hidden images of two more of Ron Mueck's never boring sculptures.