La Volta (2001-2016)
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‘La Volta’ is named after a risqué sixteenth-century couples dance which featured leaping turns and notoriously intimate embraces. The edition expresses Warren’s characteristic celebration and subversion of the history of art, and in particular the trope of the female nude. Here, the classical truncated nude is rendered with an expressionistic sense of relaxed exuberance, at odds with the clichés of the genre. Hand-shaped in clay then cast in bronze, ‘La Volta’ revels in the earthily sensual pulling, pinching, and squeezing of hands on a malleable clay body.
‘La Volta’ has been created exclusively for Counter Editions.
Rebecca Warren’s first American museum retrospective, ‘Rebecca Warren: The Main Feeling’ at the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, runs from 13 March to 17 July 2016.
Rebecca Warren's sculptures develop long-standing lines of sculptural enquiry into the history of art. It's an enquiry that can be traced back to its prehistoric magical inception, through ideals of representation of the human, to modern and postmodern reduction. In this process, inevitably, it takes in the work of canonical male artists such as Boccioni, Degas, Renoir, De Kooning, as well as cartoonist Robert Crumb. Warren's position regarding her antecedents is very much a fluid one, moving from homage to caricature, from celebration to wilful dissolution.