|Constantin Brâncuşi’s 135th Birthday|
Today Google had another masthead for an artist of whom I have never heard. It is Constantin Brâncuşi’s 135th birthday. I am not a huge sculpture fan and modern art? Hmmm, let me be kind and just say that I am far too simple minded to appreciate Brâncuşi’s art.
You can read about Constantin Brâncuşi at Wikipedia. According to this article, Brâncuşi
“was invited to enter the workshop of Auguste Rodin. Even though he admired the eminent Rodin he left the Rodin studio after only two months, saying, "Nothing can grow under big trees."
I think he should have stuck around and hoped that something would rub off. I will let their works state my case.
Click on the images to view full size.
|Rodin's The Kiss|
|Brâncuşi The Kiss|
Just to demonstrate what a total rube I am, check out the prices that Brâncuşi’s works have fetched, again from Wikipedia:
“In 2002, a sculpture by Brâncuşi named "Danaide" was sold for $18.1 million, the highest that a sculpture piece had ever sold for at auction. In May 2005, a piece from the "Bird in Space" series broke that record, selling for $27.5 million in a Christie's auction. In the Yves Saint Laurent/Pierre Bergé sale on February 23, 2009, another sculpture of Brâncuşi, "Madame L.R", was sold for € 29.185 million ($ 37.2 million), setting a new historical record.”
|$18.1 Million Danaide|
A wise friend once told me that art is highly subjective. A specific work is art to an individual only if it speaks directly to him or her. If it doesn’t, then that piece is simply not art to that individual. Rodin’s “The Kiss” touches my Soul, Brâncuşi’s does not. In my image search I found this blog site,
Konstantin Brancusi’s Sculptural Series “The Kiss” (1907 – 1925): To Be Stuck in Personal relations to the Neglect of Understanding of the Public Realm
The author was apparently deeply touched by Brâncuşi’s The Kiss, (or perhaps simply hijacked it to prove his point--a point that I came to the conclusion that I am far too stupid to decipher--although I found a certain attraction to the vast collection of 50 cent words). Alas I must confess that Brâncuşi’s art is beyond me as are all the insights that these pieces provided the author in the above blog. I rather imagine that I shall never darken the doorway of the MOMA (for aesthetic reasons as well as its location in New York City), and looking at Brâncuşi’s work confirms that belief. Modern art is beyond me, and I suspect that it is my lack of intelligence that is the cause of the flaw in appreciation. I have searched Google Images looking for a favorite Brâncuşi. I can’t find one. That said I must confess an appreciation for the Google doodle. The physical placement of the various shapes provides a recognizable Google…very clever.
|$27.5 Million, Bird In Space|
SEE EDIT 7-13-2012
If you find that either Rodin’s or Brâncuşi’s “The Kiss” touches you in some fashion, I would be interested in hearing from you. Please share with us in what ways these works affect you in the comments.
You can find a very good (but huge file size) photo of Rodin’s The Kiss here:
Wikimedia Rodin's The Kiss
EDIT 7-13-2012 WHAT IS GOING ON WITH BIRD IN SPACE?
For the past three or four days there has been a flood of image searches on Bird In Space. I have done a search on Google and Bing and have found no reason for the sudden interest. I am always curious as to why a particular image suddenly generates a lot of interest. Prediction, soon we are going to see another sale of this piece for some outrageous price. If you have any knowledge why this image would go from several hits a month to better than 30 in one day, please leave a comment. Thanks!
Thanks to John's comment below, it seems that the source of all the hits is an article in Wired:
Wired.com, Threat Level, When Art, Apple and the Secret Service Collide: ‘People Staring at Computers’, July 12, 2012
"I’m reminded of Brancusi’s “Bird in Space”, which was famously detained while being imported into the United States. The customs agents were certain it was an attempt at shipping precision engineered metal under the guise of “art”. Brancusi had been doing that kind of work for years, I doubt he was still actively reflecting on the ontological status of the piece. But it was a question the customs agents couldn’t see past."
EDIT 7-16-2012 A friend pointed out that when one Googles "Bird In Space" a small summary box appears at the upper right hand corner of the results page and the image from this blog page appears with a link. So the popularity of the image may just be one of those quirks of Google. My blog's fifteen minutes of fame? The total number of hits doubled on July 12, 13, and 15. The 14 showed a lot of traffic for Bird in Space but the total hits were not unusually high. Saturdays are always low activity. The doubling in hits and the big increase in searches devoted to Bird In Space on the 12th would indicate that article had something to do with it. I ran into this phenomena after David Eagleman appeared on the Colbert Report.
Navigating The Finite, 7-28-2011, How Many Angels Can Dance on The Head of a Pin
Artchive.com, Rodin's The Kiss
actingoutpolitics.com, Brâncuşi’s The Kiss
|$37.2 Million, Madame L R|
guggenheim.org, Constantin Brancusi, Bird In Space
artinfo.com, Madame L R