22 Oct Photographer Diane Arbus honored with life-size bronze statue in Central Park

Source: DP Review

British conceptual artist Gillian Wearing has created a bronze statue honoring the late photographer Diane Arbus. The statue is presented by Public Art Fund and will be in Doris C. Freedman Plaza in Central Park in New York City until August 14, 2022.

‘In her bronze ‘Diane Arbus,’ we see the posthumous homage to a pioneering artist by another from a different time and place,’ says Public Art Fund Artistic and Executive Director Nicholas Baume. ‘We also see a modest, unassuming figure, standing at the entrance to Central Park, recognizable by the most distinctive attribute of her public self: her Rolleiflex camera.’

The life-size statue is presented at street level without a base. It includes a plaque that includes a quote from Arbus herself. ‘If you scrutinize reality close enough, if in some way you really, really get to it, it becomes fantastic.’

To create the statue, Gillian Wearing used a lost-wax casting process. Wearing did research and worked from many source photographs to create the final bronze statue. In 2008, Wearing created a photograph, ‘Me as Arbus,’ in which Wearing dressed up convincingly as Arbus.

Of the statue, Public Art Fund said, ‘Wearing’s personal tribute to another artist offers a new way to think about and present a public monument while prompting us to reflect on who gets chosen to be the subject of a public sculpture.’

It’s unfortunately rare that a female artist is honored

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