Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Monolith Mania Comes to Chelsea

By Deborah Solomon
‘‘God of Some Things’’ (center) by Huma Bhabha, alongside various monolithic sculptures at the exhibition “Between the Earth and Sky" at the Kasmin Gallery.Credit...Nina Westervelt for The New York Times
I don’t blame you if you never want to hear the word monolith again. It was certainly one of the most misused terms of 2020. Such questions of nomenclature have been newly awakened by “Between the Earth and Sky,” a handsome and inordinately timely group show at the Kasmin Gallery in Manhattan. It brings together 22 works, some recent, some quite old, all of them billed as “monolithic sculptures.” This, of course, is stretching the definition; only four of the works are actually made of stone, while others are composed from materials including bronze, clay and blown glass. But’s let not belabor the point. We don’t want to be the monolith police. [More]