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Kapoor piece to grace Dallas Cowboys' stadium

Houston Chronicl, Houston Chronicle
Published 6:44 pm, Friday, October 18, 2013
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ARLINGTON - The wife of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones waited five years for a piece of art big enough to hold its own outside the team's mammoth $1.2 billion stadium.

Gene Jones found the answer without even seeing it in person.

She said pictures of Anish Kapoor's "Sky Mirror" were all she needed to settle on what would become the 16th commissioned piece for the National Football League team's signature home, which opened in 2009.

The concave disc covered in polished steel had temporary homes in New York, London and Sydney, Australia, before getting a permanent spot in a black granite fountain outside the huge sliding glass doors on the east side of the stadium.

At 35 feet in diameter, the piece sits at an angle similar to a satellite dish. Moving clouds are reflected from the side facing the sky, and the underside gives fans contorted reflections of themselves, with the stadium in the background.

Jones became intrigued by Kapoor's work through the British artist's hugely popular "Cloud Gate" at Millennium Park in Chicago - nicknamed "The Bean." Although the bean-shaped sculpture is much bigger than the piece at Jones' stadium, the concept is the same - polished steel with image contortions that make for interesting selfies and other good photo ops.

"I actually got to go to Chicago and see it," Jones said. "I loved it even more so it's been in the back of my mind, something that would be a dream come true if we could have something similar to that."

The Jones family decided before even building the stadium that artwork would be an important part of the numerous clubs, stairways and plazas under the retractable roof. Jones' long-sought outdoor piece is No. 56 for the futuristic, spaceship-looking stadium.

This isn't Kapoor's first connection to sports. He was among the creators of the Orbit Tower at Olympic Park in London, a contorted 380-foot mass of steel that generated plenty of discussion during the 2012 Summer Games.

"We divide the world up into people who are interested in sports and people who are interested in art," Kapoor said. "It almost certainly isn't like that. We're all interested in sports, aren't we? And we all love art, don't we? The Romans knew it. Why don't we?"

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Exhibit shows Hirschfeld humor

NEW YORK - A new exhibition looks at the prolific career of Al Hirschfeld, whose simple pen-and-ink drawings immortalized the world of theater and dance. It begins with a video of Whoopi Goldberg talking about his wicked sense of humor.

Goldberg tells how Hirschfeld embedded the word "NINA" 40 times into a poster of her 1984 one-woman Broadway show after she complained of not being able to find the signature trademark he began inserting into his line drawings after the birth of his daughter Nina in 1945.

"The Line King's Library" opened at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts last week. It is compiled entirely from the library's extensive Hirschfeld material.

Hirschfeld, who died in 2003 at 99, was celebrated for his linear calligraphic caricatures of theater, dance and film personalities. The drawings appeared on album covers, film posters, magazines and in the New York Times for 75 years.

In addition to his drawings, highlights include drafts, sketch books and video of Hirschfeld and some of his most famous subjects talking about each other, including Arthur Miller, Carol Channing, Carol Burnett and Zero Mostel.

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Bocelli really is a master

NEW YORK - Andrea Bocelli will receive a graduate degree in Italy next week.

The 55-year-old tenor says he'll receive a master's degree in vocal performance from the Conservatory of Music, Giacomo Puccini in La Spezia, Italy, on Tuesday.

Bocelli will present his thesis, titled "The Value and Meaning of Opera Singing at the Beginning of the Third Millennium," later this month.

The 70 pages include contributions from Plácido Domingo.

He'll also release a CD/DVD, "Love in Portofino," on Tuesday. The renowned performer has sold 80 million albums internationally.

Bocelli has a law degree from the University of Pisa.

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