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The Artist at Play

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Herb Williams (American, Contemporary) Call of the Wild (The Ripple Effect) (detail), Crayola Crayons, Courtesy of the Artist

What do LEGOs, balloons and wooden blocks have in common? If you answered that they’re all part of children’s play, you’d be only partially right. These staples of childhood can also be used to make museum-worthy artworks, as seen in the ticketed exhibition Play: Toys Reimagined as Art through February 18, 2018, at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia.

The playful, intriguing works on display include inflatable sculptures by Billie Grace Lynn, who aims to raise awareness through her artwork about environmental and conservation issues, and large, fantastical sculptures of exotic animals by Herb Williams, each made up of several hundred thousand melted Crayola crayons. About half of the works in the exhibition are site-specific pieces created just for the show at the Taubman.


This article originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of AAA World.

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