Take a walk on the tiled side: Katrín Sigurdardóttir’s spectacular Sculpture Center floor
A fairytale Baroque pavilion was the concept Katrín Sigurdardóttir had in mind for the ornate sea of tiles she calls Foundation.
She made the first version of her spectacular floating platform in Venice, in the old laundries of the Palazzo Zenobio, for the Iceland pavilion of last year’s Biennale. Now she has reconfigured it for the last stop in its tour, the former trolley repair facility that houses the Sculpture Center in Long Island City, Queens.
There, its profusion of ornament summons visions of palaces and trade routes and the armies of artisans who maneuvered its intricate puzzle pieces in place. Feel free to walk on it, or maybe dance.
Have You Seen My Mom’s Sculptures?
She was the only mom I knew who had an accent and a kiln.
My mom, the Vienna-born Anne Cembalest, left us in May at the age of 90. Here she is with some of her trompe l’oeil ceramic sculptures, which she fired in our basement and painted in acrylic at a small table in my bedroom. The bottom photo shows one of her proudest moments, when the legendary Gene Moore put her works in Tiffany’s windows, adorning them with bejeweled bugs.
Mom sold her eye-fooling vessels, bursting with apples, onions, and other fare and sometimes embellished with real sesame seeds and scallion tops, at crafts fairs around Long Island and in galleries including Incorporated on Madison Avenue. I am starting to assemble an inventory. If anyone comes across an Anne Cembalest clay cornucopia, pickle jar, fruit basket, or cheese plate, I’d love to see a photo.
The #ARTnewsshelfie hashtag is taking off!Laurie Simmons, Jerry Saltz, Xu Bing, and other art insiders took shelf portraits to celebrate the launch of the ARTnews.com summer reading roundup! Check out the #artnewsshelfie hashtag on Instagram and post your own!
Glazed and confused? The funky, bulging, buckling, elegant, astonishing, comical, captivating ceramic sculptures of Kathy Butterly will knock your socks off