13 Sculptures So Lifelike You'll Swear They're Real

13 Sculptures So Lifelike You'll Swear They're Real

The Houston Museum of Fine Arts presents a special exhibition showcasing 13 major works by renowned contemporary sculptor Ron Mueck from February 26 through August 13, 2017. Mueck, a virtuoso of hyperrealistic sculpture, has earned international recognition, with previous major exhibitions in London, Venice, Washington, and Berlin. Over the past two decades, the Australian-born, London-based artist has created a personal, distinctive body of works whose startling impact have given a fresh impulse to contemporary sculpture.

Mueck's intensely realistic sculptures of friends and relatives isolated from their normal context, and often larger or smaller than life-size, evoke a range of human conditions, such as vulnerability, and emotional responses, such as pity. Of his decision to manipulate scale-some subjects are miniaturized, while others are magnified into monumental portraits the artist has commented, "I change the scale intuitively, really-avoiding life-size because it's ordinary. There's no math involved; I usually do a sketch on paper and if it looks good to me, then I use that scale for the actual piece. The shift in scale draws you in and in some ways engages you at a different level."

Ron Mueck draws upon memories, reveries, and everyday experience as he portrays his subjects with extraordinary compassion. What makes his sculptures exceptional is the manner in which he balances realism with the unreal. 

See “Ron Mueck,” on view in the Beck Building from February 26 through August 13, 2017.






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