20th-21st Century American Sculpture, Figurative

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Dr. Charles Smith: Aurora is a 2019 exhibit at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center which says: "Beginning in 1986, Dr. Smith set to work to transform the entirety of his home and its surrounding property in Aurora, Illinois, into the African-American Heritage Museum and Black Veterans Archive. Over the next fifteen years, Dr. Smith made hundreds of figural sculptures memorializing historical figures, community members, and celebrities, and depicting the tragedies and triumphs of the African-American experience."  Accessed 1/20

The Figure: Portrait and Bronze Works by Tom Corbin, an exhibit held March 18 - August 9, 2014 at the University of Mississippi Museum, Oxford. Includes essay by Dana Self. Accessed December, 2015.

From Starfield to MARS: Paul Manship and His Artistic Legacy is a 2018 exhibit at the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy which says: "This exhibition celebrates the artistic legacy of the significant early twentieth century sculptor, Paul Manship and marks the transformation of his former summer house and studio, Starfield, by the Manship Artists Residency + Studios (MARS), into a location that hosts artists-in-residence at the spectacular Gloucester, Massachusetts, site."  - To read more after exhibit closes, go to "Past Exhibitions" section of museum website.  Also see Paul Manship  from Resource Library essay (not solely dedicated to this artist by a named author) and Paul Howard Manship from Wikipedia Accessed 11/18 

George Segal: Abraham's Farewell to Ishmael is a 2019 exhibit at the Pérez Art Museum Miami which says: "The hyperrealism of these works renders the figures familiar and emotionally resonant. He did a series of works based on biblical stories, all from the Book of Genesis, including Abraham's Farewell to Ishmael." Accessed 8/20

Hermann Gurfinkel: Hidden Northwest Indiana Legend is a 2015 exhibit at the Brauer Museum of Art. The link is to the biographical brochure for the exhibit, with an essay by Barbara Stodola. A quote from the essay says: "Gurfinkel is best-known in Northwest Indiana for his large public sculptures: the 22-foot Man of Steel (1977) in Harrison Park, Hammond; The Reader (1984) at Lake County Public Library, Merrillville; an eight-foot bronze relief, a Menorah (1986), for the façade of Temple Israel in Valparaiso; and the bronze Mother And Child (1999) in a courtyard at La Porte Hospital." Accessed 12/16

Melissa Ichiuji: In the Flesh is a 2013 exhibit at Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg College. Download the 20-page exhibit catalog published by Schmucker Art Gallery, with essay by Shannon Egan, Ph.D., Director, Schmucker Art Gallery, which says: "This exhibition In the Flesh presents three discrete recent bodies of Ichiuji's work: a series of busts of political figures from the 2012 election season entitled Fair Game, a trio of life-sized sculptures of female bodies, and lastly, Everything to Lose, a film and corresponding photographs of the artist donning an elaborately sculpted costume. Despite seeming differences in medium and subject in this exhibition, Ichiuji works with similar materials and artistic practices in each. She sculpts with fabric and pantyhose and does not hide raw, purposefully crude stitches and seams. Because the pantyhose stands in for flesh; bits of thread under the surfaces look like veins, and gestures seem animated, Ichiuji's heads and bodies are paradoxically naturalistic and doll-like." Accessed 10/16.

A New American Sculpture, 1914-1945: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach is a 2018 exhibit at the Amon Carter Museum which says: "A New American Sculpture, 1914-1945: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach is the first exhibition to investigate the integral relationships between modernism, classicism, and popular imagery in the interwar sculpture of Gaston Lachaise, Robert Laurent, Elie Nadelman, and William Zorach... Known to each other but working independently, these four immigrant artists created figural sculpture that reveal a confluence of sources - from archaism and European avant-garde art to vernacular traditions and American popular culture." Also see press release   Accessed 3/18

Sam Anderson: The Park is a 2017 exhibit at the Sculpture Center which says: "For her exhibition, Anderson abstracts and isolates the town square. Casting particular characters in mid-gesture, Anderson suspends the action of a community: a waitress, a stork, a children's orchestra, a teacher, an entertainer, a pedestrian, a teen actress, a public sculpture, a designer, a historian, and an escaped panther-each carries out their role despite the other as fragments of a larger network." Accessed 6/17

Strange Bodies: Figurative Works from the Hirshhorn Collection, an exhibit held December 11, 2008 to November 15, 2009 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Includes podcasts and video. Accessed January, 2015.

Ronald Gonzalez: Private Collection is a 2011 exhibit at Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg College. Download the 25-page exhibit catalog published by Schmucker Art Gallery, with essay by Shannon Egan, Ph.D., Director, Schmucker Art Gallery, which says: "In Ronald Gonzalez's latest series of sculptures, old leather satchels, small antiquated appliances, dulled tools, bicycle handles, shoes, a fencing mask, an accordion, a bicycle seat, a toaster and helmets, among other various found parts and outdated detritus are combined to evoke the heads and torsos of human-like forms. The viewer identifies the components at once as what the objects literally are as well as the specific body parts they figuratively describe. As such, his art calls for an exercise in perceptual shifts that allow for more than one visual interpretation. While some objects are manipulated, others are left intact, as Gonzalez creates paradoxically human and strangely inanimate assemblages." Accessed 10/16.

Tableau: The Art of Richard Cleaver is a 2017 exhibit at the Delaware Art Museum which says: "Richard Cleaver is a Baltimore-based artist who creates elaborate figurative sculptures full of hidden compartments to capture the lives and secrets of historical figures and personal acquaintances. The artist is fascinated by monarchies, mythology, and religion, and these themes form the subjects of his work. Constructing the sculptures in clay, Cleaver paints meticulous patterns and applies precious and semiprecious stones to create the sumptuously decorated surfaces." Also see artist's website  Accessed 11/17

Tom Sachs: Cameras, an exhibition held June 21, 2009, to September 16, 2009 at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Accessed August, 2015.

Ultra-Realistic Sculpture by Marc Sijan is a 2014-15 exhibit at the Dubuque Museum of Art which says: "Marc Sijan is one of the world's most accomplished hyper-realist sculptors. His figures are both compelling and disconcerting and so true to life they appear on the verge of movement, often startling museum visitors who mistake them for real people." Also see the artist's website. Accessed 3/17

Arizona Public Media offers a February 5, 2008 video (05:14) on Louis David Valenzuela. Sculptor Louis David Valenzuela is doing everyting he can do to keep the Yaqui culture alive through his art. Valenzuela's Pascola masks are in the collection of the Arizona State Museum. In this story, you will see how and why he creates those sacred masks. Accessed May, 2015.

Art/New York presents a preview of Hyper Realistic Sculpture (John De Andrea and Duane Hanson). Includes interviews concerning Duane Hanson's exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art and John De Andrea at OK Harris Gallery (SoHo) [5:02] Accessed May, 2015.

Otis College presents the series: Otis Legacy Project: Interviews of Distinguished Otis Alumni. Alison Saar attended Otis in 1981. She is well known as a sculptor although she works in several mediums. Her work generally deals with gender issues. Alison was interviewed by Otis students in March 2008. [5:25] Text from Otis College. Otis College Ben Maltz Gallery presented a series called Otis Speaks. Accessed May, 2015.

The WGBH/Boston Forum Network is an audio and video streaming web site dedicated to curating and serving live and on-demand lectures, including a number of videos on Art and Architecture. Partners include a number of museums, colleges, universities and other cultural organizations. See listings of related videos in this catalogue indexed by partner name. Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami partnered with the WGBH Forum Network for: White Elephant by Billie Grace Lynn, sculptor. (8 minutes) The theme of social engagement is highlighted in Billie Grace Lynn's politically-based sculptures on display at MOCA North Miami's Goldman Warehouse. In this segment she discusses White Elephant. [September 4, 2007]; Billie Grace Lynn: Hand by Billie Grace Lynn, sculptor. (8 minutes) The theme of social engagement is highlighted in Billie Grace Lynn's politically-based sculptures on display at MOCA North Miami's Goldman Warehouse. In this segment she discusses Hand. [September 4, 2007] Accessed June, 2015


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