Mark di Suvero at Storm King Art Center
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By Irving Sandler. Photographs by Jerry L. Thompson.
Published by Storm King Art Center. In association with Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Published in conjunction with the exhibition "Mark di Suvero" at Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York, May 13 – November 15, 1995 & April 1 – November 15, 1996.
Mark di Suvero is arguably the most important American construction sculptor alive today. And no locale is better suited to di Suvero’s soaring, space-defining steel sculptures as the four hundred-acre sculpture park of Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York, fifty-five miles north of Manhattan in the Hudson River valley. This generously illustrated volume surveys di Suvero’s career with its focus on the artist’s work at Storm King.
Born in Shanghai of Italian parents September 18, 1933, di Suvero grew up in California, where he studied philosophy and fine arts at San Francisco City College and the University of California at both Santa Barbara and Berkeley. In 1957 he moved to New York. He had his first exhibition at he Green Gallery in 1960, and was hailed as an original and trailblazing artist. In the last three decades, di Suvero’s work has come to define the field of monumental steel sculpture.
Storm King Art Center is the leading sculpture park in the United States. This volume charts the twenty-year relationship between artist and site, Culminating in the 1995-96 exhibition at Storm King. No other site has served di Suvero so well for so long, and few other artists have been so closely associated with Storm King Art Center as Mark di Suvero.
In a lively essay, illuminated by ninty-five color plates, acclaimed art historian Irving Sandler traces di Suvero’s developemnet from the cast-bronze sculptures and constructions of heavy wood beams and other founds objects of the 1950’s and early 1960’s to the monumental steel structures ha has created for the past thirty years. Sandler also relates di Suvero’s life to his art, discussing the artist as humanist, romantic, American, worker, socially conscious citizen, and—above all—poet.
Published 1996, 102 illustrations, including 95 plates in full color.