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Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts competition 2012
Winds of change
Red Cloud, winds of change, wins an honorable mention and the peoples choice award for the pre-fair preview, sponsored by the Minnesota State Fair Foundation. The later award is particularly gratifying as Red Cloud was the 1st choice of the people who attended the preview.
Article by: MARY ABBE
August 24, 2012 - 8:10 AM
The show's undisputed star is "Red Cloud," Duluth sculptor Douglas Bieniek's white marble portrait of the Oglala Lakota chief (1822-1909). A stunning rendition of the warrior-statesman, the sculpture is a bigger-than-life-size bust complete with full headdress and ornamented tunic. Bieniek skillfully enhanced its impact by polishing Red Cloud's stern features while leaving his hair and costume matte. A technical tour de force, "Red Cloud" is worthy of the Old Masters and, one hopes, of the leader who inspired it.