Speculative Forms


Editorial Review

By Michael O’Sullivan
Friday, June 20, 2014

Thematic “loan shows,” such as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s recent “Damage Control” exhibition, which typically feature borrowed works, are great. But it’s also nice, every now and again, to be reminded of what the museum has in its vaults. With more than 50 works drawn from its permanent collection of modernist sculpture, the Hirshhorn’s “Speculative Forms” is just such a treat.

The show, which opened without fanfare a few days ago, charts the evolution of 20th--century sculpture. It includes such well--known works as Henri Matisse’s “Back” series ---- four bas--relief bronzes depicting a naked female torso ---- as well as an untitled abstraction by Washington artist Jae Ko fashioned from tightly coiled adding--machine paper and sumi ink. Other artists with abstract works on view include Max Bill, Juan B. Hamilton and Isamu Noguchi.