Philippe Faraut, 1963-present

Philippe Faraut, 1963-present

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The Art Critic, by Philippe Faraut (2008)

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It would be hard to imagine two sculptures farther apart than de Weldon’s Iwo Jima — a monumental, public tribute to the American will to victory in the Second World War, created in bronze and based on a Pulitzer Prize winning photograph of the event and Faraut’s The Art Critic: a small, private satirical sketch of an art critic’s petty arrogance, crafted in clay. Like some of Daumier’s satirical sculptures, The Art Critic tells us the story, not (necessarily) of a particular critic, but of a type.

A pair of satirical sculptures by Daumier

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Video of Philippe Faraut sculpting The Art Critic

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