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Arthur Kern: The Surreal Work of a Reclusive Sculptor

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

This spring, the Arthur Kern exhibit -- Arthur Kern: The Surreal Work of a Reclusive Sculptor -- at the Ogden got the attention of the New York Times: 'At 84, an Artist Tries Something New: Displaying His Work'. It was somehow so perfect that the curator was John Berendt, author of 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil' who lives part-time in New Orleans.

Arthur Kern Exhibit at the Ogden, New Orleans

Most of the works are molded of polyester resin

Arthur Kern Exhibit at the Ogden, New Orleans

Arthur Kern Exhibit at the Ogden, New Orleans

Arthur Kern Exhibit at the Ogden, New Orleans

From the Times:
It is fair to say that Mr. Kern has been more isolated than most, having long ago decided that “divorcing myself from everyday life would allow me to let things happen.” He did not show and did not sell, except a piece here and there, and did not hire an assistant, preferring to work alone in his dark studio with his bizarre tools: reconfigured cheese graters, kitchen knives and dental instruments.

Arthur Kern Exhibit at the Ogden, New Orleans

Arthur Kern Exhibit at the Ogden, New Orleans

Arthur Kern Exhibit at the Ogden, New Orleans

Arthur Kern Exhibit at the Ogden, New Orleans

Arthur Kern Exhibit at the Ogden, New Orleans

The New York Review of Books on the works:
There is often in Kern’s sculpture this sense of layering, of shells covering a damaged inner being, of forms being chipped away by time, revealing inner truths. 

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