San Francisco

Robert Arneson

Cellini Gallery

These are cast pieces, most of them in brass, often molded directly from the object itself: corsets, bras, with such objects as footballs and basketballs. Though breasts are central to his enthusiasm, there are no actual castings from real breasts. Indeed, after some consideration and scrutiny one is still hard-pressed to know if he is for or against breasts. But there is no doubt about his attitude toward critics: his bust of a critic is cast from a stuffed shirt without head, slat sided like a hen coop, with some turds inside, possibly also cast from the real thing.

Knute Stiles