Jaume Plensa, installation view of “Genus and Species,” at the Nasher Sculpture Center.

Jaume Plensa


Nasher Sculpture Center

The figure functions in two primary ways in Jaume Plensa’s work: literally and performatively. With respect to the former, his male figures are the obvious bearers of old-fashioned humanist queries concerning man’s position in the universe and the meaning of his life. In Plensa’s sculptures, this figure is often seated and slightly hunched over as if to suggest angst-stricken rumination. Suggestive of fear or alienation, he wraps his arms tightly and protectively around his knees, Illuminated and brightly
colored, he appears high atop an…see the full review in May’s magazine.