Broads bag themselves that creepy dancing robot

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Jordan Wolfson, (Female Figure), 2014. Photo: courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York/London

One of the most talked-about works of art of 2014 has found a permanent home in Los Angeles. The Broad Art Foundation announced today that the collectors Eli and Edythe Broad have acquired Jordan Wolfson’s animatronic robot, (Female figure), 2014. The grotesque, scantily clad sculpture jerkily dances to pop songs, intones creepy declarative statements in front of a mirror and uses facial recognition software to track the viewer with her masked eyes. The work was the centrepiece the young artist’s solo debut at David Zwirner in New York this spring, despite the fact that it was accessible by appointment only. (The sculpture is rumoured to have cost around half a million dollars, according to Artforum.) When the robot reappeared over the summer in the “14 Rooms” exhibition at Art Basel in Switzerland, appointments to see it filled up first thing every morning. But viewers who missed the opportunity to be creeped out by (Female figure)now have another chance. The work is officially part of the collection of the Broad Art Museum, due to open on Grand Avenue in autumn 2015.

From In The Frame
Published online: 30 October 2014

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