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The Santa Barbara Museum of Art: Rodin and His Legacy

May 7 - July 1

Auguste Rodin, ca. 1880. Bronze. SBMA, Museum purchase with funds provided by General Acquisition Fund.
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Auguste Rodin, ca. 1880. Bronze. SBMA, Museum purchase with funds provided by General Acquisition Fund.

Auguste Rodin, ca. 1880. Bronze. SBMA, Museum purchase with funds provided by General Acquisition Fund.

On May 7, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art exhibits Rodin and His Legacy. This exhibit includes the works of French artist, Auguste Rodin, (1840–1917) who was arguably the most influential sculptor of the 19th century, and the sculptors who were directly indebted to Rodin’s innovations.

Antoine Bourdelle studied with Rodin, while the woman sculptor, Germaine Richier, in turn, studied with Bourdelle. Rodin’s modernity was not limited to the aesthetics of fragmentation, expressive unfinish and a rejection of the classical decorum of the academic tradition. His mode of production, which relied on legions of studio assistants and the replication made possible by multiple foundries, effectively elevated the authenticity of the artistic concept from its execution, or in other words, the artist’s literal touch. This is an aspect of Rodin’s artistic practice that is still in evidence in contemporary art today.

This event is open Wednesday 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m.- 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

 

—Danielle Hazlett