This week’s arts pick is another outdoor installation–this time outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Many visitors will no doubt find the artist’s images disturbing. The eye is immediately drawn to the prominent male figure that dominates the canvas. As if the subject’s size and position within the composition are not ample indications of his tyranny over the surrounding people and animals, the artist felt compelled to add a final anatomical touch to ensure that the subject’s virility will not go unnoticed by viewers.
Unfortunately, the artist was under-appreciated during his lifetime. As a result, there are no surviving contextual clues to help the modern day historian understand the meaning of this work. Is it a self portrait done by an insecure and misunderstood genius? Is it a statement about humankind’s foolish insistence that man can remove himself from nature (notice how the primary subject seems to float above the other animals)? Or perhaps it is simply the work of a sexist artist with delusions of grandeur. I recommend visiting Albuquerque to decide for yourself.