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"Deviation (OY)" Gyöngy Laky, Contemporary Mixed Media Textual Sculpture
Located in Wilton, CT
"Deviation" Gyöngy Laky, apple, acrylic paint, screws, 30" x 60" x 2.5" (installed), 2020. This contemporary mixed media wall sculpture was done by San Francisco-based artist, Gyöng...
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2010s Contemporary Still-life Sculptures

Materials

Organic Material, Wood, Paint, Found Objects

"Nonsense" Gyöngy Laky, Contemporary wall sculpture, US Cent Symbol
Located in Wilton, CT
"Nonsense" charcoal, plastic soldiers, paint, acrylic medium, 35 x 26 x 4, 2007. Artist signature on back. This mixed media wall sculpture was done by San Francisco-based artist, G...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Still-life Sculptures

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Charcoal, Found Objects, Acrylic, Paint

Ribbed Structure, Abstract Vessel Sculpture by Gyöngy Laky
Located in Wilton, CT
Ribbed Structure, Gyöngy Laky, london plane tree, electrical wire, 26" x 24" x 24", 1988. This organic mixed media sculpture was done by San Francisco-based artist, Gyöngy Laky (b...
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1980s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Organic Material, Wood, Found Objects

"Dry Land Drifter" organic, abstract tree sculpture
Located in Wilton, CT
"Dry Land Drifter" dead tree, bullets for building, 32" x 22" x 22", 2010. This organic mixed media sculpture was done by San Francisco-based artist, Gyöngy Laky (b. 1944, Hungary)...
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2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Wood, Organic Material, Found Objects

"Chance Encounter: Invent" Contemporary mixed media wall installation
Located in Wilton, CT
"Chance Encounter: Invent" walnut, paint, dowels, Vertical: 80 x 11 1/2 x 2; Horizontal: 12 x 62 x 2, 2009. (originally commissioned for The Green Issue for the NY Times Magazine 4/2...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Still-life Sculptures

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Walnut, Wood, Paint

"True North" Contemporary pop art, wall installation of arrow
Located in Wilton, CT
"True North" wood, paint, 63 1/2" x 48", 2012. This contemporary mixed media wall installation was done by San Francisco-based artist, Gyöngy Laky (b. 1944, Hungary). She is known...
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2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Wood, Paint

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The history of sculpture as we know it is believed to have origins in Ancient Greece, while small sculptural carvings are among the most common examples of prehistoric art. In short, sculpture as a fine art has been with us forever. A powerful three-dimensional means of creative expression, sculpture has long been most frequently associated with religion — consider the limestone Great Sphinx in Giza, Egypt — while the tradition of collecting sculpture, which has also been traced back to Greece as well as to China, far precedes the emergence of museums.

Technique and materials in sculpture have changed over time. Stone sculpture, which essentially began as images carved into cave walls, is as old as human civilization itself. The majority of surviving sculpted works from ancient cultures are stone. Traditionally, this material and pottery as well as metalbronze in particular — were among the most common materials associated with this field of visual art. Artists have long sought new ways and materials in order to make sculptures and express their ideas. Material, after all, is the vehicle through which artists express themselves, or at least work out the problems knocking around in their heads. It also allows them to push the boundaries of form, subverting our expectations and upending convention. As an influential sculptor as much as he was a revolutionary painter and printmaker, Pablo Picasso worked with everything from wire to wood to bicycle seats.

If you are a lover of art and antiques or are thinking of bringing a work of sculpture into your home for the first time, there are several details to keep in mind. As with all other works of art, think about what you like. What speaks to you? Visit local galleries and museums. Take in works of public art and art fairs when you can and find out what kind of sculpture you like. When you’ve come to a decision about a specific work, try to find out all you can about the piece, and if you’re not buying from a sculptor directly, work with an art expert to confirm the work’s authenticity.

And when you bring your sculpture home, remember: No matter how big or small your new addition is, it will make a statement in your space. Large- and even medium-sized sculptures can be heavy, so hire some professional art handlers as necessary and find a good place in your home for your piece. Whether you’re installing a towering new figurative sculpture — a colorful character by KAWS or hyperreal work by Carole A. Feuerman, perhaps — or an abstract work by Won Lee, you’ll want the sculpture to be safe from being knocked over. (You’ll find that most sculptures should be displayed at eye level, while some large busts look best from below.)

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