Friday, March 15, 2013

Now Open, Thomas Schütte: United Enemies

Installed at the southeast entrance to Central Park, Thomas Schütte’s
monumental bronze,
United Enemies, is already attracting curious
looks from tourists, school children and residents. The work takes
on one of the most traditional forms of public art—the bronze figure—
reframing it both physically and metaphorically. Its two separate pairs of
male figures are literally bound together as they simultaneously push
apart. Standing on tripods of bundled poles instead of a pedestal or even
 legs, the paired forms are highly abstracted—their heads emerge from
swaddling robes, encircled by knotted ropes that conceal their limbs as
their aged faces express anguished emotions. Visitors will have five more
 months to experience the work, which is on view in Doris C. Freedman
Plaza at 60th Street and 5th Avenue

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