Giuseppe Penone Brings Nature Inside at the Nasher Sculpture Center

Sep 28, 2015 984

by Lauren Smart

In the sunny main gallery of the Nasher Sculpture Center, a single tree branch seems to be growing out of a marble column. Or perhaps it has been trapped that way, memorialized in this regal way. Then, upon closer inspection, you'll see this branch, and the others like it, aren't branches at all, but bronze sculpted to appear branchlike in form.

Suddenly the materials are in this new conversation, the bronze through the hands of the sculptor imitating a tree in nature. Is it imitation as a form of flattery? Is it artist playing god? It is a conversation about man's destruction of nature?

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