Magazine article Sculpture

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Magazine article Sculpture

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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New York

Danh Vo

Through May 9, 2018

For Vo, history-with its complex political, religious, and cultural dynamics-is reflected in individual life stories, including his own. (His family fled Vietnam's postwar chaos in 1979.) His subtly humorous sculptures combine found objects that point back to the past while moving forward into entirely new, unexpected meanings, connections, and contexts. From Oma Totem-built with the appliances, crucifix, and casino pass that his late grandmother received from the Catholic church and state authorities when she arrived in Germany-to We The People-a gigantic replica of Lady Liberty that dissects an iconic symbol of hope into broken pieces of thin copper skin - his works start with the personal, then move outward to play with and challenge the temptations of materialist trappings as well as the most basic definitions of identity. …

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