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Marcel Breuer's Whitney by Roberto Cardinale

Exhibition  /  18 Nov 2022  -  30 Dec 2022
Published: 14.11.2022
Roberto Cardinale. Sculpture: Bell Tower of the Benedictine Monastery. Painted pine, medium density fiber board. 47 x 15 x 15 cm. Front view. Roberto Cardinale
Sculpture: Bell Tower of the Benedictine Monastery
Painted pine, medium density fiber board
47 x 15 x 15 cm

Front view

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Join us for Cardinale’s architectural-inspired sculptures paying tribute to Bauhaus-trained architect Marcel Breuer. Cardinale captures several elements that nod to each sculpture’s original counterpart, including its layered, sweeping rooflines, the painted mixtures of color, and molded texture.

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Roberto Cardinale
Cardinale was an early artist to the gallery, going back over 20 years where he showed sculptures inspired by churches and cathedrals around the world. Inspirations for his work that are set closer to home pay tribute to New Mexico missions and churches such as the Loretto Chapel and El Santuario de Chimayó, among others.

Now an exclusive artist to Patina, Cardinale presents Marcel Breuer’s Whitney, honoring one of New York City’s most notable buildings designed by Hungarian-born, Bauhaus-trained architect Marcel Breuer. 

A portion of the proceeds from Marcel Breuer’s Whitney will benefit Cornerstones, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring historic structures and preserving cultural landscapes across New Mexico and the greater Southwest.

An early life as a Benedictine monk, Roberto Cardinale was inspired by the design of sacred spaces, which would manifest later in his sculptures. He left college to enter a monastery, where he began his studies in ecclesiastical architecture and pursued a life of religious devotion. Cardinale has been a ceramicist, sculptor, metalsmith, professor, and president of both the Art Institute of San Antonio and the New Mexico Museum of Art. Today, in addition to his work in sculpture, he’s a Realtor for Sotheby’s in Santa Fe. 

I had been infatuated with ecclesiastical architecture since my early years as a Benedictine monk. In San Antonio, while building a new art college with architect Charles Moore, my own paintings and drawings on blueprints evolved into three-dimensional sculptures of churches. When I took a position as president of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation in 1990, I became much more aware of the wonderful adobe churches in the state.” —Roberto Cardinale 

Like Breuer’s masterpieces, Cardinale creates daring and innovative modernist statements.

My first visit to the former Whitney Museum of American Art by Marcel Breuer in NYC was an epiphany of architecture and sculptural form for me. This love affair with sacred forms took off in the mid-1980s when I started to build wooden sculptures of churches, synagogues, chapels, and towers.” —Roberto Cardinale

A notable 20th-century cathedral for American art, the artist’s interpretation of the museum honors the site for the modern and organic revelation that it is. Striving to capture the emotion that is imbued in the architecture itself, he creates soft mixtures of color and texture. Exterior embellishments all expertly honor the scale and proportion, capturing elements that nod to the original structure. 

Adding to the exhibition, Cardinale hand carves the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, singular for its hyperbolic paraboloid form and brutalist design, and the Bell Tower of the Annunciation Benedictine Monastery, which Breuer called Bell Banners. An interplay between artistic expression and sacred devotion, Cardinale’s interpretation of the chapels honor both sites for the modern and organic revelation they are. 

Cardinale captures several elements that nod to each sculpture’s original counterpart, including its layered, sweeping rooflines, the painted mixtures of color, and molded texture. He also sculpts the eerie likeness of exterior embellishments, working with miniature doors and windows to exquisitely honor scale and proportion. 

Join us, November 18, 2022, showcasing Cardinale's handmade sculptures as beautiful examples of contemporary art documenting a spiritual and architectural legacy while stirring the soul.
Roberto Cardinale. Sculpture: Bell Tower of the Benedictine Monastery. Painted pine, medium density fiber board. 47 x 15 x 15 cm. Side view. Roberto Cardinale
Sculpture: Bell Tower of the Benedictine Monastery
Painted pine, medium density fiber board
47 x 15 x 15 cm

Side view

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Roberto Cardinale. Sculpture: Bell Tower of the Benedictine Monastery. Painted pine, medium density fiber board. 47 x 15 x 15 cm. Alternative view. Roberto Cardinale
Sculpture: Bell Tower of the Benedictine Monastery
Painted pine, medium density fiber board
47 x 15 x 15 cm

Alternative view

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Roberto Cardinale. Sculpture: Marcel Breuer Building. Painted pine, medium Density Fiber board, mirrored glass, textured paper. 48.2 x 40.6 x 47. Front view. Roberto Cardinale
Sculpture: Marcel Breuer Building
Painted pine, medium Density Fiber board, mirrored glass, textured paper
48.2 x 40.6 x 47

Front view

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Roberto Cardinale. Sculpture: Marcel Breuer Building. Painted pine, medium Density Fiber board, mirrored glass, textured paper. 48.2 x 40.6 x 47. Alternative view . Roberto Cardinale
Sculpture: Marcel Breuer Building
Painted pine, medium Density Fiber board, mirrored glass, textured paper
48.2 x 40.6 x 47

Alternative view 

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Roberto Cardinale. Sculpture: Marcel Breuer Building. Painted pine, medium Density Fiber board, mirrored glass, textured paper. 48.2 x 40.6 x 47. Alternative view. Roberto Cardinale
Sculpture: Marcel Breuer Building
Painted pine, medium Density Fiber board, mirrored glass, textured paper
48.2 x 40.6 x 47

Alternative view

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Roberto Cardinale. Sculpture: Marcel Breuer Building. Painted pine, medium Density Fiber board, mirrored glass, textured paper. 48.2 x 40.6 x 47. Side view. Roberto Cardinale
Sculpture: Marcel Breuer Building
Painted pine, medium Density Fiber board, mirrored glass, textured paper
48.2 x 40.6 x 47

Side view

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Roberto Cardinale. Sculpture: Marcel Breuer Building. Painted pine, medium Density Fiber board, mirrored glass, textured paper. 48.2 x 40.6 x 47. Alternative view. Roberto Cardinale
Sculpture: Marcel Breuer Building
Painted pine, medium Density Fiber board, mirrored glass, textured paper
48.2 x 40.6 x 47

Alternative view

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Roberto Cardinale. Sculpture: St.Francis de Sales Church. Painted pine, 22K gold leaf, medium Density Fiber board, sheet lead. 34.3 x 38 x 38 cm. Front view. Roberto Cardinale
Sculpture: St.Francis de Sales Church
Painted pine, 22K gold leaf, medium Density Fiber board, sheet lead
34.3 x 38 x 38 cm

Front view

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Roberto Cardinale. Sculpture: St.Francis de Sales Church. Painted pine, 22K gold leaf, medium Density Fiber board, sheet lead. 34.3 x 38 x 38 cm. Alternative view. Roberto Cardinale
Sculpture: St.Francis de Sales Church
Painted pine, 22K gold leaf, medium Density Fiber board, sheet lead
34.3 x 38 x 38 cm

Alternative view

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Roberto Cardinale. Sculpture: St.Francis de Sales Church. Painted pine, 22K gold leaf, medium Density Fiber board, sheet lead. 34.3 x 38 x 38 cm. Alternative view. Roberto Cardinale
Sculpture: St.Francis de Sales Church
Painted pine, 22K gold leaf, medium Density Fiber board, sheet lead
34.3 x 38 x 38 cm

Alternative view

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Roberto Cardinale. Sculpture: Unity Temple. Painted pine, 22K Gold Leaf, Cedar, Walnut and MDF. 41.9 x 44.5 x 44.5 cm. Front view. Roberto Cardinale
Sculpture: Unity Temple
Painted pine, 22K Gold Leaf, Cedar, Walnut and MDF
41.9 x 44.5 x 44.5 cm

Front view

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Roberto Cardinale. Sculpture: Unity Temple. Painted pine, 22K Gold Leaf, Cedar, Walnut and MDF. 41.9 x 44.5 x 44.5 cm. Birds eye view. Roberto Cardinale
Sculpture: Unity Temple
Painted pine, 22K Gold Leaf, Cedar, Walnut and MDF
41.9 x 44.5 x 44.5 cm

Birds eye view

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