Johan Creten - Pliny's Sorrow

by Johan Creten


Johan Creten
Pliny’s Sorrow

Text by Christopher Moonery
Photographs by Kristien Daem
32,5 x 23,5 cm
12 3/4 x 9 1/4 in
112 pages
Almine Rech Editions
Edition of 700

ISBN 978-2-930573-06-9

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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