Connected and Disconnected:
The Sculpture of Hanneke Beaumont

Connected and Disconnected:
The Sculpture of Hanneke Beaumont

February 1, 2013 April 28, 2013

Hanneke Beaumont’s figures represent a universal type, neither telling male nor female, that are carefully and pensively posed.

Overview

The enigmatic figures of the Dutch sculptor Hanneke Beaumont (b. 1947) have captured widespread critical acclaim for both their carefully rendered, visceral surfaces as well as the mood of thoughtfulness and introspection frequently suggested. Beaumont’s figures represent a universal type, neither telling male nor female, that are carefully and pensively posed. They can appear individually, as pairs, or, occasionally, in small groups, but always in arresting compositions marked by physical stillness in poignant contrast to the provocative psychological and emotional associations the figures may convey. Beaumont initially works in clay and then frequently translates the form into bronze or iron—all of which were represented in the exhibition. In addition, several of the artist’s companion drawings were on display. This exhibition was unique to Meijer Gardens.