Xavier Veilhan Unveils Permanent Public Sculpture Next Door to MoMA

For his first permanent public sculpture in the United States, the French artist Xavier Veilhan has installed “Jean-Marc” (2012), his prismatic blue statue of artist Jean-Marc Bustamante, just a few steps from the Museum of Modern Art at the corner of 53rd Street and Sixth Avenue outside the offices of RXR Realty, which commissioned the piece.

“Jean-Marc” is the latest in Veilhan’s ongoing series of statues, for which he employs 3-D scanning technology before rendering the deconstructed human forms in polyurethane, aluminum, or, in this case, stainless steel.

Veilhan, who is currently the subject of a solo exhibition at Washington, D.C.’s Phillips Collection, is already working on his next public art commission, titled “The Skater,” which will be unveiled in Seoul in October. He may still be best known, however, for his very high-profile (though temporary) sculptural installations at Versailles in 2009.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Images: Xavier Veilhan, “Jean-Marc,” 2012. Courtesy Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm. Photo © Stephen Smith ; © Veilhan / ADAGP, Paris, 2012.)