Tuesday, March 12, 2013

 New York Botanical Gardens
2900 Southern Blvd,
 Bronx, NY 10458
May 18-October 27

Four Seasons, in the Conservatory Courtyard, is an installation of four sculptures, each standing more than 15 feet high--Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter--by contemporary American artist and filmmaker Philip Haas. Haas was inspired by the 16th-century Italian Renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who painted eccentric, yet scientifically accurate, composite heads composed of flowers, ivy, moss, fungi, vegetables, fruit, bark, and branches. The colossal size of Haas's sculpture accentuates the visual puzzle of natural forms as they are recycled to form four human portraits, each representing an individual season.

About the Artist

Philip Haas is an American artist and filmmaker. His work has been presented at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Piazza del Duomo in Milan, the Gardens of Versailles in France, Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, the Kimbell Art Museum in Ft. Worth, Texas, and Sonnabend Gallery in New York City. Winter debuted at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., in 2010 to great acclaim. Two years later, Spring, Summer, and Autumn have been added to comprise Four Seasons, which is on a three-year international tour of botanical gardens and museums.


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