Horse Curators / Caballos Curados

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AT THE 59TH Street entrance to New York’s Central Park, across the street from the Plaza Hotel, is a temporary art installation that I was lucky to catch not long after its opening while on my way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with my cousin. It’s called “The Horses” by French artist Jean-Marie Appriou. The sculptures were modeled in clay and foam and then cast in aluminum.

The curator of the Public Art Fund wrote a description that was, for me at least, slightly over the top. I had read recently what the artist had to say about his work and my sense was that the curator was — perhaps — projecting. My apologies to those curators out there who like to wax poetic, but I often find myself simply reading the name of the artist and the materials used. For the rest, if there’s going to be an imagination used, I prefer it to be my OWN, or even the artist’s. But that’s just me.

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EN LA ENTRADA de Central Park en la calle 59, al otro lado de la calle de la Plaza Hotel, hay una instalación de arte temporal que tuve la suerte de ver no mucho después de su apertura mientras me dirigía al Museo Metropolitano de Arte con mi prima. Se llama “Los Caballos” de artista frances Jean-Marie Appriou. Las esculturas fueron modeladas en arcilla y espuma y luego fundidas en aluminio.

El curador del Fondo de Arte Público escribió una descripción que fue, al menos para mí, un poco exagerada. Había leído recientemente lo que el artista tenía que decir sobre su trabajo y tenía la sensación de que el curador estaba — tal vez — proyectando. Mis disculpas a los curadores que les gusta ser poéticos, pero a menudo me encuentro simplemente leyendo el nombre del artista y los materiales utilizados. Por lo demás, si se va a utilizar una imaginación, prefiero que sea mi PROPIA, o incluso la del artista. Pero solo soy yo.

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BUT SPEAKING OF OVER THE TOP:
Check out this listing I found in the window of an upscale building in Chelsea.
PERO HABLANDO DE EXAGERADO:
Mira a este listado que encontré en una ventana de un edificio exclusivo en Chelsea.
SAY WHAT?!?
¿¡¿QUE QUÉ?!?

M traducción aproximada:

Ubicada en una granja bucólica de 220 acres en el condado de Dutchess, Nueva York, esta casa privada literalmente manifiesta la dualidad de vivir en este sitio: el deseo de transparencia y un compromiso sin trabas con el paisaje frente al deseo de privacidad y reclusión.
En lugar de resolver esta dualidad en un solo objeto / condición, nuestra solución permite que estas condiciones existan en una relación tangencial. En este diagrama de Venn, no hay superposición. Las áreas públicas exteriores de la casa (sala, comedor y cocina) están contenidas dentro de un volumen de vidrio que flota ligeramente sobre el paisaje. Las áreas privadas hacia adentro de la casa están protegidas por un gran volumen de piedra local incrustada en el paisaje. La orientación perpendicular de los dos volúmenes diferencia aún más estas dos condiciones, minimiza su superposición y enfatiza aún más la calidad del paisaje del volumen inferior como una extensión del “paisaje” al aire libre para el volumen de vidrio. Mientras que el volumen superior se define por los planos horizontales del piso y el techo que se extienden más allá de los planos verticales de vidrio, el volumen inferior se define por las paredes verticales que se elevan por encima de la superficie del techo, proporcionando un paisaje plantado y un área de terraza establecida en el parapeto de piedra.

Hans Christian Andersen and the Ugly Duckling, sitting in Central Park since 1956 — where much better stories are told June through September.
Hans Christian Andersen y el Patito Feo, sentados en Central Park desde 1956 — donde se cuentan historias mucho mejores desde junio a septiembre.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

17 thoughts on “Horse Curators / Caballos Curados”

    1. David:
      I wouldn’t have enough to say about venn diagrams to wax poetic, but I could DRAW POETIC. And… isn’t the entire point of a venn diagram the fact that there IS overlap?!? That part of the description just really got me. OK, obviously the entire thing got me!

    1. Debra:
      I agree. I found the exhibit fascinating and wonderful, but that earless horse creepy. Although the artist goes into wonderful detail about the sculptures, I could find no mention of why that horse has no ears.

  1. The horses are stunning and eerie and kind of scary. And I love them.

    As for curators, sometimes they simply try too hard to impress.

    1. Bob:
      I agree with you about some curators. I have a cousin who’s a curator. What he writes is fascinating, informative, and helpful. He writes not to impress but to make the works even more approachable, interesting, and enlightening.

  2. I like the sculptures….makes one really look at them.
    And thanks for the translation!! What a bunch of bull the original is! I am wondering who were they were trying to impress?

      1. Jim:
        Do you BELIEVE that property description. Completely meaningless except for the part “220[-]acre farm in Dutchess County.” Someone could have at least edited for punctuation!

    1. Mistress Maddie:
      I have the same problem, especially since moving so far away. I can’t wait to leave but I want to take in every square inch before I do. I was exhausted every single day.

  3. If you hadn’t have told me that the earless thing was a horse, I would’ve thought it was a sheep-llama hybrid, or lleep if you will. Either way, they need a hay sammich or two.
    The listing’s volume is too loud and noisy!

    1. Deedles:
      The listing is idiotic (oops, and here I was trying to be kind). I loved The Horses, but still find the earless head creepy.

  4. I get waxing poetic about art (to each his own) but real estate? That just sounds like a realtor trying a new spin on some poor slob (or in that case rich slob)

    1. Cheapchick:
      Yeah, you can take some chances when you describe works of art, but that $100-million (or whatever) house description is simply idiotic.

  5. Oh, yes, I remember that Danny Kaye movie. Was on TV a lot when I was a kid.

    Incidentally, some scholars think Hans Christian Anderson was gay, which, if true, makes that Ugly Duckling story all the more meaningful.

    1. Kirk:
      I wonder if Andersen spent his life completely alone, as is thought, or if he had secret liaisons no one ever found out about. Whatever the case, he was a brilliant writer. I survived on him and Dr. Seuss through my childhood. I loved the film simply because I loved Danny Kaye.

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