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Kevin Francis Gray, Seated Nude, 2017, Carrara marble, 43 3/8 × 48 1/8 × 59 1/2".

Kevin Francis Gray

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Kevin Francis Gray, Seated Nude, 2017, Carrara marble, 43 3/8 × 48 1/8 × 59 1/2".

The Irish artist Kevin Francis Gray is a master carver of marble in the grand tradition of Michelangelo, Antonio Canova, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, and Rodin, among other great masters of that material—and what a welcome wonder to encounter such durable, “classically” inspired sculptures. This is especially true given the abiding proclivities of contemporary practice toward the provisional—the unfinished and the ephemeral. It is also a pleasure to see an artist so fully committed to the art of the past: Time moves faster today than it used to, the modern world being more future oriented, continually bombarding us with the next new medium, style, or “sensation.”

Simply by virtue of their apparent permanence—certainly given the socially embedded significance of the Carrara marble from which they are carved—Gray’s sculptures are anti-modern, yet they are not without

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