Johan Creten - Pliny's Sorrow
by Johan Creten
Text by Christopher Moonery
Photographs by Kristien Daem
32,5 x 23,5 cm
12 3/4 x 9 1/4 in
Almine Rech Editions
Edition of 700
Pliny’s Sorrow is comprised of nine enigmatic bronzes, eight of which were specifically created for the exhibition. Creten, best known for virtuosic works in kiln-fired ceramics, particularly his flowering Odore di Femmina busts in terracotta, is also a master of lost-wax foundry casting in bronze. The title is borrowed from the largest work in the exhibition — an eagle-like bird, its giant wings stretched out and broken, its roughly hewn back hollowed out. The solid and the ephemeral, forged in massive, enduring bronze — this is Creten’s most remarkable achievement.
Features ‘Proportion’, an essay by Christopher Moonery.
This book is published in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Pliny’s Sorrow - Johan Creten’ Almine Rech Brussels, May 20 - July 23, 2011.
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