Monday, September 19, 2011

Oh Charley, Charley, Charley...

This sculpture by Charles Ray strikes me as being a really good example of Kantian Beauty. It's all about internal, formal relations. The obvious antecedent in Rodin's Burghers of Calais, and there is a similar tension between the openness and closed-ness of the figural program. Even the sexuality makes no appeal to the viewer - it's masturbatory, i.e. self-contained.

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