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Miniature Manhattan Made from One Piece of Marble

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Photograph by DAVID ZWIRNER GALLERY

 

Currently on display at the David Zwirner Gallery in NYC from September 20 – October 29, 2011, Little Manhattan by Yatuka Sone is an incredible two-and-a-half ton marble sculpture that meticulously recreates the iconic island of Manhattan, New York in stunning, intricate detail.

Sone, aided by photographic reproductions, imagery from Google Earth, and several helicopter rides, has rendered the densely-populated metropolis to scale, showing the city’s many skyscrapers as well as the intricate paths through Central Park and the bridges to the east and west. The artist’s adept handling of his medium recalls the classical sculptures of antiquity and offers a commemorative portrait of the ever-changing island—a physical replica of its present formation and diverse architectural landscape.

 


Photograph by DAVID ZWIRNER GALLERY

 


Photograph by DAVID ZWIRNER GALLERY

 

Manhattan Made from One Piece of Marble

 
Artist: Yutaka Sone
Title: Little Manhattan, 2007-2009
Material: Marble
Dimensions: 21 3/4 x 104 3/8 x 33 1/2 inches | 55 x 265 x 85 cm

 


Photograph by DAVID ZWIRNER GALLERY

 


Photograph by DAVID ZWIRNER GALLERY

 

Artist Yatuka Sone

 
Yutaka Sone was born in 1965 in Shizuoka, Japan, and studied at the Tokyo Geijutsu University. His work was recently the subject of two solo exhibitions in Tokyo: Yutaka Sone: Snow at Maison Hermès Le Forum in 2010 and Yutaka Sone: Perfect Moment at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery in 2011. In 2009, Baby Banana Tree, the artist’s 25-foot tall hand-painted sculpture, was installed as a major public artwork at the Boone Sculpture Garden, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, California.

Other recent solo exhibitions include the Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London (2007); Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland; Aspen Art Museum, Colorado; The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (all 2006); and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2003). The artist represented Japan, along with Motohiko Odani, at the 50th Venice Biennale (2003).

Sone’s work has been included in a number of group exhibitions in the United States and abroad and is currently featured in Glasstress 2011, which was organized as part of the 54th Venice Biennale, at the Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti (on view through November 27). Other group exhibitions include BadLands: New Horizons in Landscape, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, Massachusetts (2008); Whitney Biennial 2004, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; 25th São Paulo Biennial (2003); 7th Istanbul Biennial (2001); among others. Work by the artist is held in international museum collections, including The Art Institute of Chicago; High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia; Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Tate Gallery, London. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

 


Photograph by DAVID ZWIRNER GALLERY

 

 

 

 

 

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