Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Reuben Nakian's Juno, Part II

On the day I encountered the Juno by Reuben Nakian at my campus art museum, I wrote to the Nakian Atelier seeking further information that might help me understand the sculpture and its history.
Reuben Nakian, "Juno", outside the BYU Museum of Art;
photograph courtesy of Museum Director, Mark Magleby.

I received some days later an email from the artist's son, Paul S. Nakian, an attorney in Connecticut. The letter informs that Dr. Robert Metzger wrote the text of a catalogue of Reuben Nakian's works  and that, even if the Juno is not easily explicated, it is known. According to Metzger and P. Nakian, who reports the scholar's ideas, "Juno" was dedicated first at Norwalk, CT in the early 1980's and belongs to the artist's "Stonehenge Period".

I will have to dig into Metzger's book, which I now have ordered via Interlibrary Loan.
    Corcoran Gallery of Art and Reading Public Museum and Art Gallery, Reuben Nakian: a centennial retrospective, 1897 - 1986 (Feb. 6 - April 4, 1999) (Reading, PA, 1998).

I will prefer looking at this book before I phone Robert Metzger, whose number was provided for me.

Surely there is some scholarly writing on the sculpture. But I haven't found it yet.

——— RTM


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