Sculpture

Roy McMakin, Use/Used (two chairs I bought in New Bedford while visiting the Bloomberg/Farrell family)
Roy McMakin

Often taking the form of vernacular furnishings—chairs, chests, sofas, and desks—Roy McMakin’s sculptures mine the roots of America’s pragmatism, as seen in the utility and plainness of Shaker design. McMakin’s interest in furniture began at an early age, when as a...

Charles, LeDray Clothesline, 1994
Charles LeDray

Charles LeDray has produced an extensive body of work in diverse sculptural materials, from textiles and ceramics to carved human bone. LeDray moved to New York in the late 1980s and began showing in group exhibitions, despite not having formal training as an artist. At that time, his work...

Sheila Hicks, Banisteriopsis II, 1965-66/2010
Sheila Hicks

For the last fifty years, Sheila Hicks has been one of the foremost artists working in the medium of fiber. Alongside notable contemporaries such as Magdalena Abakanowicz, Lenore Tawney, and Claire Zeisler, Hicks moved fiber from the loom into the realms of sculpture and architecture. The 1960s...

Françoise Grossen, Inchworm,
Françoise Grossen

Françoise Grossen’s work is central to the wave of innovations in fiber art that took place during the second half of the twentieth century. In describing her artistic development, Grossen summarizes two of the most important ways in which artists transformed fiber in the late 1960s...

Josh Faught, Untitled, 2009
Josh Faught

Josh Faught’s sculptures are layered with seemingly contradictory elements that exist side by side: abstraction and representation, high art and kitsch, embarrassment and pride, and activism and disengagement. He invokes tensions by juxtaposing such incongruous materials as yarn, hemp,...

Alexandre da Cunha, "BUST XXXV," 2012
Alexandre da Cunha

Alexandre da Cunha uses utilitarian objects to mimic and embellish the gestures of historical abstraction. Mops pose on pedestals to impersonate Constantin Brancusi’s columns, baking trays dangle from curtain hooks in imitation of Alexander Calder’s mobiles, and toilet plungers...

Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2009
Nick Cave

Since the early 1990s, multimedia artist and performer Nick Cave has been exploring the intersection of fine art, craft, performance, and material culture. He first gained widespread recognition in the art world for his Soundsuits—full-body costumes crafted from twigs, buttons,...

Andrew Witkin, Untitled, 1994
Andrew Witkin

Conceptually driven, Andrew Witkin’s artistic approach is both inspired by and nearly indistinguishable from his deliberate approach to life, work, and relationships. Witkin explains that his work “is and is not art, is and is not finished.” Though his projects have taken a...

Damián Ortega, Olympus, 2009
Damián Ortega

Damián Ortega is one of the most influential artists to emerge from the circle of contemporary artists working alongside Gabriel Orozco in Mexico City in the 1990s. His art exposes the underlying mechanisms and systems that make up familiar objects in the manmade and natural worlds....

Jason Middlebrook, Finding Square, 2011
Jason Middlebrook

Jason Middlebrook works in sculpture, drawing, painting, and installation to image the clash between nature and the built environment. In California, where the artist was raised, this is called the suburban/wildlife interface: a trouble zone where wildfires regularly decimate neighborhoods and...

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