late 20th Century
69 1/8 x 36 x 24 in. (175.6 x 91.4 x 61 cm)
Medium and Support:
Purchased with funds provided by Mr and Mrs. Noah Butkin, Mark and Kathryne Speaker and James Hanes
Cairns’s figurative sculptures, modeled in clay and cast in plaster or bronze, thematize the tension between the ethereal and the material. The subject of this sculpture is Lazarus, the biblical figure whom Jesus raised from the dead after four days entombed. Cairns’s Lazarus is an attenuated, floating figure portrayed in rigid metal. The sculpture’s frontal, static orientation contrasts with its rough, gestural surface in which the hand of the artist is assertively made visible. Cairns is Professor Emeritus at Haverford College and continues to live and work in Haverford.
Art Museum : 20 C Gallery