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Leg of limb



Ron Nagle

United States of America

21 Feb 1939 –

  • Details

    Media categories
    Sculpture , Ceramic
    Materials used
    ceramic, glaze, catalyzed polyurethane, epoxy resin and aluminum
    17.5 x 12 x 7 cm
    Purchased 2014
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Ron Nagle

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    Artist information
    Ron Nagle

    Works in the collection


  • About

    “My intention is to make images as ambiguous as possible so that viewers can create their own story” – Ron Nagle, 2014 [1]

    Across a five-decade career, Ron Nagle has shown a profound commitment to making extraordinarily delicate, idiosyncratic and hard-to-pin-down sculptural objects. He is an artist with roots in the traditions of ceramics as well as the ceramics revolution that occurred in Los Angeles around the mid-twentieth century. His works are exercises in sculptural suggestion, drawing us close in an attempt to identify just what or who we are looking at.

    'Leg of limb' – along with its peers 'Commander in chef', 'Umoo chu moo' and 'Pastafairian' – exemplifies Nagle’s interests in colour, humour, metamorphosis and allusion. Each work puts forward his particular brand of comic formalism, where model airplanes and San Francisco hot rod culture meet the intimate still-lifes of painter Giorgio Morandi.

    Nagle’s colour frequently activates the sense of taste: in this group of works we see wasabi greens, cake-icing pink and tempered-chocolate browns. These associations are at once amplified and complicated by Nagle’s playful and punning titles. With their spindly asparagus stalks and saucy glazes, this group of works might also recall contemporary food culture and our obsession with the perfectly presented meal.

    [1]Sterling Ruby 2014, Interview with Ron Nagle, Cfile.Daily, <https://cfileonline.org/interview-ruby-sterling-speaks-ron-nagle>

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Matisse Alive, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 11 Oct 2021–03 Apr 2022

Other works by Ron Nagle