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Thomas Schutte’s “United Enemies” To Do Battle in Central Park

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In March Thomas Schutte’s pair of massive bronze sculptures, “United Enemies” (2011), will go on view in Central Park as the latest Public Art Fund (PAF) installation in Doris C. Freedman Plaza at 60th Street and Fifth Avenue. The pair of two-headed sculptures, which were shown at the Serpentine Gallery last year and the Castello di Rivoli in Turin in 2011, will be making their U.S. debut.

The two-piece sculptural installation’s halves both rest on three pegs, their two grimacing figures bound together and struggling to separate.

“They are emotional things that we can all relate to,” PAF director and chief curator Nicholas Baume told the New York Times. “Think dysfunctional family or simply the battles within ourselves. That’s what’s so brilliant about the sculptures. They operate on many different levels.”

Schutte’s “United Enemies” will be on view March 5-August 25.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Image: Thomas Schütte, “United Enemies,” 2011. Photo: Gautier Deblonde, Courtesy of the artist.)

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