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Eight Sculptures by MANOLO VALDÉS at the Civic Center until the end of August

Photo taken by Jamie Whitaker


Eight Outdoor Sculptures by Internationally Renowned Artist on Display at Joseph L. Alioto Performing Arts Piazza at The Civic Center from April 29 – August 31, 2008

The Manolo Valdés sculpture exhibition is comprised of eight monumental bronze sculptures by the renowned Spanish painter and sculptor. Three of the sculptures (Yvonne I, Yvonne II and Regina II) depict large female heads, their calm facial composure and structured equilibrium dynamically offset by enormous ornamental head pieces that bring the sculptures to over 13 feet in height. A fourth female head, Lydia, is more sphinx-like in expression with a taciturn gaze expressed by her finely sculpted eyes and brows. The exhibition also includes four sculptures from the Las Meninas series, which are based on the central figures, Infanta Margarita and Reina Mariana, in the famous Baroque painting Las Meninas by Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez. The feminine Reina Mariana figures are courtly and elegant while imposing. These sculptures will look particularly appropriate in the context of the formal Beaux Arts architecture of San Francisco’s Civic Center. The Reina Mariana sculptures were recently displayed to much acclaim in the gardens of the Palais Royal in Paris.

Also, please try to check out the Academy of Art University’s 2008 Annual Spring Show that begins on the evening of May 22nd, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The show runs until August 1, 2008 (closed Sundays and holidays) from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at 601 Brannan Street (at 5th Street).

Award-winning pieces from all 13 majors will be on display. www.AcademyArt.edu

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