Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich
|When||23 Feb 2013 - 7 Jul 2013|
|Where||The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028-0198
Sopheap Pich, Cycle 2, Version 3, 2o08. Ratten and wire, 80 x 53 x 12 in. (203.2 x 134.6 x 30.5 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Tyler Rollins Fine Art
February 23 – July 7 2013
March 12 2013, Gallery Talk: Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich
April 13 2013, How Did They Do That?: Arts of Cambodian Temples
This exhibition presents ten works by the contemporary Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich (born 1971), who lives and works in Phnom Penh. Pich works principally in rattan and bamboo, constructing organic open-weave forms that are solid and ethereal, representational and abstract. Much of his work is inspired by elements of the human anatomy or plant life. His constructions combine his training as a painter with the spatial conceptualization of a sculptor, creating three-dimensional objects that are largely defined by their graphic character. Pich’s art consciously embodies his memories of culture and place. The exhibition is installed in three spaces in the Asian galleries, including an integration into historical displays, and is part of the Museum’s contribution to the New York–wide Season of Cambodia.
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