In Connecticut, a collector of the German artist Anselm Kiefer has been ordered to remove an outdoor sculpture by the artist.
The 2002 work called “Narrow Are the Vessels” is 80 foot long, 6 tonnes in weight, and consists of 17 pieces of concrete.
Collector forced to remove Kiefer sculpture from his property
“In June, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that the work could legally be classed as a “structure” requiring approval from the HDC (Historic District Commission) because it was “affixed to the land” by its own multi-tonne weight and gravity.” Art Newspaper
The Art Newspaper says that the collector Andrew J. Hall will not fight the case in court, where only lawyers win, but will loan the work to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Hall also said “Having read the court’s ruling, we note it is their opinion that the HDC very likely does not have jurisdiction over sculpture that can be moved ‘relatively easily’. We plan to replace the Kiefer work with sculptures that can be moved relatively easily.”
I absolutely LOVE the paintings of Anselm Kiefer, but some of his sculptures or installations leave me scratching my head.