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Exhibition January 25, 2020 − January 3

Barry X Ball: Reworked Sculpture

Nasher Sculpture Center has resumed its unusual exhibition Barry X Ball: A Redesigned Sculpture.

The exposition acquaints viewers with the masterpieces of world sculpture made by Barry Ball from precious stones using modern 3D scanning technologies. Visitors will see two series of works: Portraits and Masterpieces.

Amazing portraits are made of semiprecious stones (black Belgian marble, calcite, onyx). In Masterpieces, Ball reinterprets classical and modernist sculptural work. Barry Ball collaborates with renowned collections around the world to scan sculptures and then, using a CNC machine, cuts a slab or block of stone until it takes the shape of a figure in the scanned images. Finally, the fine details are carved and polished by hand. Portraits' concepts run in parallel with the changes Ball adds to masterpieces: for example, his decision to place his own face on the flayed skin of St. Bartholomew, which directly contrasts with the calm gaze of the standing subject, adds an additional narrative dimension to the sculpture.

Based on site materials Nasher Sculpture Center.