From their deceptively cherubic cheeks to their scornful expressions and lit cigarettes, a new, highly limited-edition series of chrome-plated sculptures by acclaimed artist Nir Hod is the ultimate summer object d'art. Available as of August 1 at the Paul Kasmin Gallery Shop until they sell out, the series is inspired by the artist's prior paintings of precocious children.
Called Genius Nicolai, the little sculptures are produced in editions of seven (price upon request). Colors include gold and pink—bold choices, to be sure. Certainly, Genius Nicolai says a lot about our culture's obsession with beauty and narcissism. The diminutive sculptures depict children, after all, but children with the self-possession and qualities of adults; geniuses, if you will.
This message is further enhanced by the mirrored surface of each sculpture, which engages the viewer and adds yet another coveted element to the work. But don't be fooled: like much of this internationally acclaimed artist's extensive body of work, the intention is not to condemn luxury or pleasure—it's quite the contrary, actually. Born in Israel and now based in New York, Hod's recent solo exhibitions include"Genius" and "Mother," both at Paul Kasmin Gallery. The artist received his BFA from Bazalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. PK SHOP, Paul Kasmin Gallery, 511 West 27th St., 212-563-5608