Margaret Honda

4.75 × 6.75 in. with gatefold, 96 pages, softcover
ISBN 978-1-941753-31-6

Design by IN-FO.CO
Co-published by
Carnegie Museum of Art

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"Honda's lone, human-size frog, lying supine and pitifully exposed on a bed of luxurious rugs, is easily one of the most unnerving sculptures I've seen." — Henriette Huldisch, Artforum

For the 82nd installment of Carnegie Museum of Art’s Forum series, Los Angeles–based artist Margaret Honda (b. 1961, San Diego) created a singular, enigmatic sculpture, a frog rendered in lifelike detail, including internal organs and measuring nearly five feet long.

The work is modeled after a frog-like form Honda observed in a Renaissance painting at the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana in Milan. The painting, Bramantino’s Madonna delle Torri (1520), depicts the Madonna and Child enthroned; at their feet lies a slain man and a gargantuan frog with anthropomorphic features. At once material and philosophical, Honda’s sculpture prompts us to ponder our relationship to art and the world we make. Imbued with a dark sense of eros and humor, Honda’s work insinuates life and its reproduction.

frog is an in-depth look at Margaret Honda’s sculpture. With an introduction by Eric Crosby (Curator, Carnegie Museum of Art), texts by Leah Mirakhor and Tenzig Barshee, and conversation between curatorial assistant Hannah Turpin, Carnegie Museum of Natural History curator of herpetology Jennifer Sheridan, and Renaissance art historian Christopher Nygren, this book further contextualizes Honda’s work and practice.