Behind Fat Boy: A Conversation

Steven High, executive director of the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, FL will discuss with Leonard Ursachi, Brooklyn-based and Romanian-born artist, how Ursachi’s Fat Boy sculpture was produced in the artist’s studio, its meaning, and the exhibitions that followed in both Sarasota and Brooklyn.

Ursachi based Fat Boy on a classical Western putto, or male child often depicted in Renaissance and Baroque artworks. “Since antiquity,” he says, “putti have been malleable signifiers, representing, among other things, Eros, panic, abandon, and joy. Fat Boy’s title derives not only from his plump, cherubic face, but also from the WWII atomic bombs, Little Boy and Fat Man, giving the sculpture twin references to Eros and war.”

Fat Boy was first exhibited at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, and is currently on display in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. The companion exhibition, Behind Fat Boy, was featured at Brooklyn Public Library this past summer.