Carol Bove’s spectacular MET installation

Four new sculptures created by American artist Carol Bove for The Met Fifth Avenue’s facade niches have recently been unveiled. The Facade Commission: Carol Bove: The séances aren’t helping is the second commission to be featured on The Met portico. Bove’s work has consistently challenged and expanded the possibilities of formal abstraction. 

Made of sandblasted, contorted stainless-steel tubes and five-foot-wide reflective aluminum disks, the sculptures appear almost mercurial, despite their weight and heft. Projecting outward from the niches, the works are poetic, mysterious and beautiful.

“Seen from Fifth Avenue,” Jason Farago writes in The New York Times, “they appear like a quartet of performers,” Jason Farago writes. “They almost appear to dance as you pass the museum’s four blocks of frontage, like illustrations in a zoetrope. They have an unexpected lightness that belies the steel, and the crunch and crush of their making.”

Image: Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Photo: Bruce Schwarz