The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Friday, March 27, 2015

Joy and Disappointment are Balanced in a New Sculpture Exhibit
Grothusen is a Philadelphia sculptor whose work has its roots in architectural elements and how items are engineered.
DOYLESTOWN, PA.- The good times in our lives are balanced out by the not-so-good. This concept of balance and continuity is expressed beautifully by Michael Grothusen in his sculpture exhibit Life’s Joys—Life’s Disappointments on display at the Michener Art Museum from July 11 through October 18, 2009.

The installation will be located in the grassy area between the museum and the Bucks County Library Center .

“I wanted to make a work that required very little explanation outside of the work itself,” says Grothusen. “I wanted to create a piece that had inherent visual meaning without the necessity of written or spoken interpretation…where the scale, material, method and process all affect the viewer in a very direct way.”

Grothusen is a Philadelphia sculptor whose work has its roots in architectural elements and how items are engineered. He often finds inspiration in structures and objects such as scaffolding and building materials. He exposes the process and the infrastructure to allow the beauty of the design to become visible.

Life’s Joys—Life’s Disappointments consists of two 14-foot tall, identical vessels perched on top of two identical pedestals. One is inscribed “Life’s Joys” and the other, “Life’s Disappointments.” Steel rods have been bent and combined to form cage-like structures---almost like urns to hold life’s emotions.

Part of the Michener’s Outdoor Sculpture Program, the exhibit was inspired by the architectural ornaments of the stately homes in Chestnut Hill and Fairmount Park . In their simplicity and implied functionality, they provide a viewpoint while allowing the audience its own interpretation.

“Michael Grothusen is well known in Philadelphia as a strong sculptor whose work references familiar objects,” explains Kristy Krivitsky, the Michener’s Associate Curator of Contemporary Art. “But he changes them in such a way to make us rethink what we’re looking at.”

Grothusen earned his MFA from Tyler School or Art in Philadelphia . He has had solo exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and the Abington Art Center and Philadelphia International Airport . He received a Pew Charitable Trusts Visual Arts Fellowship, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship. Grothusen currently is an Assistant Professor in the Foundation Department at the University of the Arts.

Michener Art Museum | Michael Grothusen | Pew Charitable Trusts Visual Arts Fellowship | Pollock-Krasner Foundation | Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship |

Today's News

July 8, 2009

National Gallery Takes a Fresh Look at Landscape from the Collection with "Corot to Monet"

Complete Body of Works by Rembrandt to be Shown for the Very First Time

Caroline Baumann Named Acting Director of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt

Sotheby's in London to Sell a Lost Inheritance of the Romanovs

Fondation Cartier Brings to Light the Extraordinary Development of Graffiti

Diana Magaloni Kerpel, New Director of Mexico's Museum of Anthropology

Best of British: The Story of the British Collection at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Joy and Disappointment are Balanced in a New Sculpture Exhibit

Huntington Exhibition to Explore the Dramatic Impact of Color Lithography on Daily Life

This is War! Robert Capa at Work on View at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

Peggy Guggenheim Collection Announces First Exhibition of Maurice Prendergast's Works of Art

The Heckscher Museum of Art Presents Paper Chase: Works on Paper by William Merritt Chase and his Contemporaries

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts Opens The Exhibition Formerly Known as Passengers: 2.11 Mario Garcia Torres

MCASD Receives Conservation Bookshelf from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Andy Warhol: The Last Decade Announced at the Milwaukee Art Museum

Walt Whitman and American Art of the Civil War Era at Dixon Gallery and Gardens

New Condominium Breaks Ground with Permanent Art Collection and Curators

IAIA Celebrates the '70s in Support of Native American Student Success

Michaelis School of Fine Art: Call for Application

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Alan Bean's Apollo 12 space memorabilia for auction at Bonhams' annual Space History sale

2.- Former electrician who hid 271 Picasso works found guilty of possessing stolen goods

3.- Museo del Prado brings together for the first time four masterpieces by Van der Weyden

4.- Study by Mexican anthropologist says elites' clash led to Teotihuacan collapse

5.- Classical realist painter Jenness Cortez re-imagines Leonardo's 'Mona Lisa'

6.- National Gallery of Art reunites Rubens' Three Magi for the first time in a century

7.- Adolf Hitler 1912 watercolor still life painting to be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions

8.- Curator at Croatia's Natural History Museum finds Neanderthals were world's first jewellers

9.- 17 tourists killed and 42 wounded as gunmen attack Tunisia's National Bardo Museum

10.- Anish Kapoor presents a series of giant and wildly expressive resin and silicon works

Related Stories

Michener Art Museum Presents Tales from the FBI's Real Indiana Jones

Ellis Island Experience is Focus of Exhibition at Michener Art Museum

Michener Art Museum Announces Second Phase Of Expansion to Include Premier Event Center

Sculpture Donated To Michener Art Museum In Honor Of New Hope Arts Center Founder

Contemporary Gowns by Michelle Berkowitz Serve as Counterpart to Hollywood Costumes Exhibit at Michener Art Museum

Michener Art Museum Takes Part in Greater Philadelphia Printmaking Celebration

Michener Art Museum Breaks Attendance Records with "Jim Henson's Fantastic World"

Michener Art Museum Hosts Major Exhibition of Edward Weston Photography

Feminine Figurative Works Grace Michener Art Museum's Outdoor Sculpture Garden this Winter

Retrospective of WPA Muralist Charles Ward at the Michener Art Museum

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site