Superheroes: Men of Stone

An Italian sculptor sought to capture the human essence of comic-book icons like Superman, Batman, and Wolverine. Apparently, "human" also means "on your knees."

Sculptor Adrian Tranquilli "wanted to focus less on the heroes' superpowers and psychic abilities, and more on their human fragility." It's for you to decide whether Tranquilli achieved his goal — I just think they're kinda cool.

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DISCUSSION

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John Hazard

Not crazy about 'em. I was recently at the MoMA (checking out the naked people exhibit) and I found myself and my girlfriend's kids in front of a Lichtenstein and I gave them my rant about him- how I think he's a thief who takes the genuine work of comic book artists (who were probably paid crap for drawing that original comic book panel), copies them verbatim, but as large paintings, and gets glory and riches thrown at him. As if the original comic book panel wasn't art until he copied it in paint.

If you want to see some great superheroic art, look at the paintings of Alex Ross or sculpts by Weta Workshops, or just go to your local comic book shop- you won't see most of that stuff in the MoMA, but it's more genuine, thoughtful, and well done than this gallery fodder.