Yeah, It’s Possible to Have Too Much Money

November 5th, 2010, 11:08 am by Sara

Huh. Art is a tough business and apparently even millionaire artists have to take on the occasional private commission to get by.

J. Seward Johnson statuesWhether you loved or hated J. Seward Johnson Jr.’s life-sized, hyperreal bronze statues that popped up across downtown Albany this past summer, it’s interesting to note that some other works by the sculptor recently got drawn into a lawsuit brought by Prince Jefri of Brunei against his former business advisors.

But back to the statues—the best illustration of the strangely over-the-top nature of this case. There are a half dozen of them, made of bronze with a surface of skin-toned trompe-l’oeil, depicting the prince and his fiancée, Las Vegas siren Micha Raines, naked and life-size (and in certain particulars bigger than life-size) in various graphic sexual positions.


A Virtual Tour of the Hyperreal

June 23rd, 2010, 4:10 pm by Sara

A work by J. Seward Johnson, photographed by Sebastien Barre

A sculpture by J. Seward Johnson, photographed by Sebastien Barre

Sebastien Barre has created a virtual walking tour of all 17 of J. Seward Johnson’s hyperrealistic bronze sculptures currently installed all around downtown Albany.

Johnson’s work is often described as a cross between George Segal and Norman Rockwell, and it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but it does tend to be wildly popular. Regardless of how you feel about the sculptures, Sebastien’s photos bring a whole other dimension to the work. (Then again, I’m pretty sure he could photograph the phone book and make it look interesting.)

The public art installation, sponsored by the Albany BID, will be up through September.

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