The Power to Protect: Sculpture of Linda Stein

Jan 10, 2007 - Feb 16, 2007

Nathan D. Rosen Museum

9801 Donna Klein Blv
Boca Raton, FL 33428

Time: 24:00:00
Phone Number: 561-852-3276
Contact: Amy Wolf

Once you feel the strength of Linda Stein's sculpture, it's not a surprise that she had the nerve to stand-up to Borat in his current film. Stein's monumental knights evoke a visceral power of protection impossible to ignore. Ever since 9/11, when New York Artist Linda Stein ran northward from her studio from the collapsing Twin Towers, her work has embodied the extremes of strength and fragility -- power and vulnerability. "These armored knights protect the part of me that felt powerless and unprotected on that sunny day in September," offers Stein. Her larger-than-life sculptures, now on exhibition at the Flomenhaft Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan, take inspiration from popular female icons like Wonder Woman, Princess Mononoke as well as the ancient Buddhist goddess, Kannon. Stein's sculptures dissolve gender roles, blending traditional masculine and feminine traits to create works with tremendous androgynous strength. The artist continues, "These knights are symbols of protection, peace and security in a world of escalating injustice and war." Each of the knights are unique -- integrating metal, wood, stone and leather into forms that invoke impenetrability and vulnerability simultaneously. Collectively the sculptures evoke protection, a central theme running throughout 25 years of Stein's career as an artist. Linda Stein, who was recently featured in Sasha Baron Cohen's blockbuster Borat, has been well-known world-wide for her gender-bending work. Her presence in the international limelight has garnered recent interviews with Nightline, Newsweek, The London Times, CNN and dozens of other international outlets.

Documentation for this event is housed in The Feminist Art Project archives at Rutgers University.

Event Type: Exhibition