Brutalist Maxxed Sculpture

 

Seymour-Lipton---Ancestor -  Abstract metal sculpture on base

Metal sculpture ‘Ancestor’ — Seymour Lipton

 

When it comes to attitude and commanding presence, brutalist design has it in spades. Its primary gestation began in the 50‘s from the architectural movement known as New Brutalism, which evolved from the use of concrete as a building material to create monumental statements adapted from modernist ideals. Raw concrete in French is “béton-brut”, which was a source of the name. Its use in architecture and sculpture added a confrontational rawness to it, which influenced the evolution and style of brutalist movement in the 60‘s and 70‘s. Brutalist art drew inspiration from the likes of Le Corbusier’s architecture to the sculptures by Alexander Archipenko, Constantin Brancusi and Alberto Giacometti. With sculpture, conflicting asymmetrical geometries merged with mayhem and menace, usually constructed from raw forms of metal and clay, to  essentially define the brutalist aesthetic. It went on a tangent to the Mid Century modernism where you had artists like Paul Evans creating audacious, brash, heavily textured furniture with pure abandon. Brutalist architecture was quite often represented with repetitive angular geometries to a massive scale. It also was reactionary in the sense that the early Brutalism architects found the streamlined modernist designs too symmetrical and neat and wanted to introduce more abstract and unpredictable shapes to their brutalist buildings.

The radical brutalist art had an element of risk to it and pushed the boundaries of abstract expressionism in modernist art. Rather than being easy on the eye it is more antagonistic and even hostile, and a challenge for interior designers to integrate into any location. But for giving life into an inert environment, a brutalist piece is synonymous with edgy dynamics and primal honesty.

 

 

Ritmo-Eroico-II---Museo-Novecento Berto-Lardera-1954 abstract metal sculpture

‘Ritmo Eroico II’ — Berto Lardera

1954

Museo Novecento

 

Abstract sculpture - Gendarme -John Bradley Storrs (1885-1956, American) 1919

‘Gendarme’ -John Bradley Storrs (1885-1956, American) 1919

 

 

 

 

Large-Metal-Lamp-by-Tom-Greene--in brass

Brutalist lamp – Tom Greene

1970

ART PRIME DESIGN – Paris, France

 

 

 

Archipenko-Alexander-  Boxing-1914    modernist sculpture

‘Boxing’  – Alexander Archipenko

 1914

 

 

5-Foot-Metal-Abstract-Brutalist-Sculpture,'Woman'-John-Metzen

‘Woman’  by John Metzen – Monumental 5 Foot Rusted Metal Abstract Brutalist Sculpture,

 

 

 

Brutalist-Metal-Sculpture-of-a-Charging-Bull-mid-1960s

Brutalist charging bull sculpture, mid 60’s

Talisman UK

 

 

 

Crystal-Cup-#3-cast-and-glazed-earthenware Ken Price

‘Crystal Cup #3 – cast and glazed earthenware by  Ken Price, USA

 

 

 

1970's-Brutalist-Patinated-Iron-Wall-Lamp -Scupture-Wall-LampART-PRIME-DESIGN-Paris

1970’s Brutalist Patinated Iron Lamp Sculpture

ART PRIME DESIGN-Paris

!stDibs

 

 

 

Agosta, Julián--Artistas--Arte-online

Julián Agosta, — ‘Artistas’

 

 

Argentinian Art Deco architecture by Francisco Salamone Monumental outdoor sculpture of a kinght with a sword

Argentinian Monumental Art Deco outdoor sculpture with a hint of brutalism by Francisco Salamone

 

 

 

 

Alexander Archipenko-King Solomon - White abstract sculpture of a king

Alexander Archipenko: ‘King Solomon’

(1964)

 

 

 

Brutalist Cast Bronze Table Figure Sculpture

Cast bronze brutalist sculpture

 

 

 

Chapel-of-Note-Dame-Du-Haut--Le-Corbusier---WikiArt

Chapelle Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France-  Le Corbusier

1950-54  WikiArt.org

 

 

 

Figure--Alberto-Giacometti--1926--Bronze

Abstract Bronze Figure — Alberto Giacometti

1926

 

 

Fred-BROUARD--bronze-Sculpture-cocktail-Tabl

Fred Brouard brutalist cocktail table

 

 

 

Jimmy-Schneider---Kombination,-1962   abstract sculpture

Jimmy Schneider — ‘Kombination’  brutalist sculpture

1962

 

 

Kenneth-Armitage-Monitor

Kenneth Armitage, UK — ‘Monitor’

 

 

le-corbusier sculpture France

Le Corbusier “Ubu – No. 5”

1947

 

 

 

UK Lynn-Chadwick,-Stranger-V abstract sculplture

Lynn Chadwick, – ‘Stranger V’

 

 

 

 

Mexican Manuel Felguérez--- Barra abstract human figure sculpture

Mexican Manuel Felguérez—‘Barra’ – cubist, abstract sculpture

 

 

 

 

Unique-Brutalist-Sculpture-by-Michel-Anasse,-1964-ART-PRIME-DESIGN---Paris

Unique Brutalist Sculpture by Michel Anasse, 1964

ART PRIME DESIGN – Paris, France

1st Dibs

 

 

 

John-Risley-(1912-2002)-Lily-Pads-Sculpture,

John Risley – ‘Lily Pads’

USA, 1965

 

 

 

 

Mid-Century-Signed-Chrome-Car-Bumper-Sculpture-1972SHOWPLACE-ANTIQUE-+-DESIGN-CENTER

Mid Century Chrome Car Bumper Sculpture 1972

SHOWPLACE ANTIQUE + DESIGN CENTER, 1st Dibs

 

 

 

Ornement Torpille in cut brass by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, 1914

Ornement ‘Torpille’ in cut brass by Henri Gaudier Brzeska

France, 1914

 

 

 

Pablo Picasso – ‘Woman with outstretched arms’ – concrete sculpture

{1962}

 

 

 

Pair of Chrome Brutalist Laurel Lamps

Chrome Brutalist Laurel Lamps

Palm Beach Art & Design Centre, Florida

 

 

 

Peter-Voulkos

Peter Voulkos ceramic sculpture

Oakland Museum

 

 

 

Yugoslav_World_War_II_monuments photo-by-jan-kempenaers

Yugoslavia World War II monument

Photo  Jan Kempenaers

 

 

 

Rare Brutalist Torch Cut Sculpture Table Lamp by Silas Seandel

 Brutalist Torch Cut Sculpture Table Lamp by Silas Seandel, 70’s

a LA Mod, Palm Springs CA

1stDibs

 

 

Sculptural Paul Evans Brutalist sideboard

Brutalist sideboard –  Paul Evans

 

 

 

 

spiderfishTorchcut Steel Brutalist Wall Sculpture

Torch cut steel Brutalist Wall Sculpture

STUDIO 111

 

 

Stunning-Brutalist-Mid-Century-Nailhead-Wall-Sculpture-by-Joe-Baisuck

Large brutalist  nailhead wall sculpture by Joe Baisuck

Mid Century

 

 

 

Torso in Metal from 'The Rock Drill' 1913-14 by Sir Jacob Epstein

‘Torso in Metal’ from ‘The Rock Drill’  by Sir Jacob Epstein

1913-14

 

 

USA 70's copper and brass - Torch Cut Brutalist Table Top Sculpture JANAKOS & COMPANY

 Torch cut copper and brass Brutalist Table Top Sculpture

USA 70’s

JANAKOS & COMPANY

 

Brutalist-Kinetic-Sculpture Chuck-McClellan-1976 with rotating centre piece

Brutalist Kinetic Sculpture – Chuck McClellan

1976

 

 

vintage brutalist sculpture by maison21 on Flickr

Vintage brutalist sculpture by maison21 on Flickr

 

 

 

Wall Relief Brutalist--Olivetti Showroom, NYC by Costantino Nivola, 1954

Wall Relief Brutalist–Olivetti Showroom, NYC by Costantino Nivola

1954

 

1960's-Brutalist-Poseidon-Sculpture-in bronze

Brutalist Neptune displaying peace sign – 60’s

 

 

 

Brutalist-Bronze-Sculpture-by-Roland-Monteyne,-Dated-and-Signed-1973

Brutalist Bronze Sculpture by Roland Monteyne

 1973

Art Prime Design, Paris

 

 

 

Brutalist-Clay-Vessel-Signed-Sullivan--Studio111

Brutalist Clay Vessel Signed Sullivan

Studio111, 1stDibs

 

 

 

Italian-Brutalist-metal-mirror---Decorative-Collective

Italian Brutalist metal mirror –   Decorative Collective

 

 

 

James-Bearden-Sculpture,-'Rex' WEINBERG-MODERN

James Bearden Sculpture, ‘Rex’

WEINBERG MODERN, NY

 

 

Mid-Century-Italian-Brutalist-Footed-Bowl,-Made-In-Italy

Italian Mid Century Italian Brutalist Footed Bowl

 

 

 

Abstract Pair of Sculptural Brutalist Side Tables by Adrian Pearsall -ARCHIVE-20TH-CENTURY Laguna-Hills,-CA

Pair of Sculptural Brutalist Side Tables by Adrian Pearsall

ARCHIVE 20TH CENTURY – Laguna Hills, CA

 

 

 

Giant-Stainless-Steel-Sculpture-'Etandards'-By-Alain-Vuillemet

 

Monumental brutalist stainless steel sculpture ‘Etandards’ By Alain Vuillemet

height – 8ft 7 inches

 

 

 

Brutalistic vehicles maxxed :

 

There are some parallels that can be drawn between the post apocalyptic road warrior vehicles of the movie Fury Road and the edgy art of brutalist sculpture. With both the rampaging war rigs and sculpture of brutalism, oxy acetylene flame cuts and welding ruled the day when it came to shaping the metal, with lots of bold manipulation, to construct form from chaos. The grungy, gonzo battle rigs, reconstructed from countless bits of metal, resembled brutalist creations of mobile dystopian art. The masculine, threatening brutalist forms presented in a raw, chaotic, futuristic context in the latest installment of Mad Max, looked extremely in their element.

 

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The ‘War Rig’ – used to rescue fertile maidens in a barren future shock wasteland. The central character in the visual smashfest onslaught.

 

 

 

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‘Plymouth Rock’ – deconstructed ’37 Plymouth – metal Echidna

 

 

The-cars-of-Mad-Max

‘The Gigahorse’

 

 

 

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Burning Man, CA

photo Scott London

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

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