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Ron Mueck

The Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY, (718) 638-5000
Brooklyn Misc.
November 3, 2006 - February 4, 2007
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This solo exhibition of works by the sculptor Ron Mueck, known for his extraordinarily lifelike, empathetic renderings of his subjects, includes five major new works commissioned by the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris, where they were recently presented to an enthusiastic audience of 75,000 visitors. Additional works on loan from North American collections are added to the Brooklyn exhibition, the only United States presentation before the show travels to the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. Included in the exhibition are Dead Dad (1996-97), commemorating the death of Mueck’s father through a smaller than life-size sculpture, which captivated visitors to the Brooklyn Museum when it was included in the exhibition Sensation, and Wild Man (2005), a nine-foot sculpture of a naked, bearded man clutching the stool he is seated on. Through his detailed works, which are always either smaller than life-size or monumental, Mueck explores the ambiguous relationship of reality to artifice. His earlier pieces were sculpted with fiberglass, but recently he has begun to work with silicone, which is more flexible and allows greater ease in shaping body parts and implanting hair.
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