artscope magazine
Sculpture at Museums.
May 12, 2011

Ah, spring is in the air...and so are sculptures. Several area museums have some very different approaches to sculpture on view just for you. Whether they feature sculptors or borrow from them, these shows will definitely hold your interest. Also, don't forget to check out our new blog on the artscope website. It is equipped with updated headlines and rotating featured content -- a great way to stay connected to art and culture news in between artscope issues and email blasts! Online advertising is now also available on the blog as well.

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Provincetown and Beyond: The Collection of John Raimondi at PAAM
in Provincetown, Massachusetts now through June 19th

Jezabel by George McNeil, 1963, oil on canvas.

If you're headed to P-town as the weather gets nicer, I'm sure you'll catch wind of the exhibits going on at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum this season. American sculptor John Raimondi has made his collection of important Provincetown icons and contemporary artists available to PAAM, so this is something you must see. The collection is a breathtaking culmination of emotional intensity and Abstract Expressionism that can only be achieved with such dedicated and crafted an eye as Raimondi himself. This knack for collecting impressive works of art comes from Raimondi's background as renown international sculptor and his ability to create movement and fluidity with such a solid art form as sculpture. The chemistry of his collection stems from the conversation that is had between all the pieces of art, which includes about forty works by artists such as Byron Browne, Fritz Bultman, Peter Busa, Willem De Kooning, Edwin Dickinson, Budd Hopkins, Franz Kline, George McNeil, and Frederick Waugh. Christine McCarthy, PAAM Executive Director, says, "I am extremely grateful to John for making these works available to PAAM. His keen eye, passion and acute sensibilities have afforded him the capacity to amass a highly significant collection of art, some of which has never been seen by the public. Raimondi's relationship with each individual piece of art is extraordinary." Provincetown and Beyond: The Collection of John Raimondi is on view now through June 19th. A lecture with Raimondi on how collectors get started will be held this Thursday, May 12th at 6:30pm in the Duffy Gallery at no cost to the public. The entire exhibition in expertly curated by Chris McCarthy and is well worth your time. So, if you find yourself making your way up and down Commercial Street, make sure to stop in. Also on view at PAAM: Sculpture Invitational, a show featuring a selection of sculpture from invited PAAM's artist members.

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Roy Perkinson: Moods of Light
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Art in Nature at Fruitlands Museum
in Harvard, Massachusetts now through November 15th

The Wave by Andy Moerlein, silver painted saplings and hand made stones, 100' x 20 ' x 20' high.

It seems like whatever we do, we can't seem to shake this theme of sculpture--it even follows us outside. But then again, maybe we're not supposed to shake it. Maybe we're supposed to breathe it in and let it sit for awhile, and later we can reflect on its depth and interpretations. The staff and crew at Fruitlands Museum are inviting us to do just this at their first juried outdoor exhibition, Art in Nature. Coming off the momentum of a successful three-year on-site installation of Joseph Wheelwright, the museum hopes to entice viewers with the same organic mood and aesthetic in their new exhibition. This show of captivating sculptures explores different themes of balance, strength, and fragility while interacting with each other and the magnetic landscape at Fruitlands. With over fifteen works by individual artists, Art in Nature covers all aspects and dimensions of placing art in conversation with the natural world, in drastically different styles and approaches. Andy Moerlein, whose piece The Wave is featured above, views nature through a lens of irregularity and unpredictability, honing in on the interaction between humans and natural forces. His artist statement reads, "The Wave is a necessary inversion of subsurface water: deep beneath erupts. Glacial erratics were wondered at and worshipped by early man. The impossible placement of scarred rounded stone in a mature forest, on a lakeshore, or mighty alone in meadow, provoked sensations." By crafting a structure so massive and profound, Moerlein provokes similar sensations of awe and bewilderment in his viewers, as do the various artists whose work is on display as well. Sculptures are juried by five accomplished New England artists: Joseph Wheelwright, Linda Hoffman, Zsuzsanna Szegedi, Barry Van Dusen, and Barbara Scofidio. Art in Nature is on view now through November 15th, all day. Come out and take in what these outdoor sculptures have to say about natural forms and perspectives.

New England Sculptors Association at State Transportation Building
in Boston, Massachusetts now through June 3rd

Necklace by Pat Musick, wood, steel, sandstone, 25"x44"x6".

Although it may not be a museum, the New England Sculptors Association is one of the most recognized collaborations of sculptors in the country. Membership in the association is prestigious, as the artists show their breadth of work all over the world and are displayed in countless museum and private collections. So needless to say, when word travels about these individuals showing their work in the New England area, people jump at the chance. Luckily, for the next month NESA is showing a collection at the State Transportation Building in Boston and displaying some of its most talented and accomplished members. Pat Musick, the artist whose wall sculpture Necklace is featured above, does sculptures that juxtapose natural and societal tensions. Her pieces reflect the harm done on our natural world and the environment's plead for a healing, whether it come from peace, harmony, or art. Other featured sculptors include Bernadette Amore, Muriel Angelil, Marilyn Coon, Michael Guadagno, Karen Klein, Milan Klic, Nick Santoro, Martin Ulman, and Melanie Zibit, among others. Expect to experience riveting themes of destruction, interaction, time, and renovation, all which exhibit the cornerstones of sculpture as a form of art. The New England Sculptors Association Exhibition at the State Transportation Building in Boston is on view now through Friday, June 3rd. Feel free to join the staff and sculptors for the opening reception on Friday, May 13th from 5-7pm. The State Transportation Building is located on the second floor of 10 Park Plaza in Boston and requires a license or ID to be presented at the door. Building hours are 9am to 5pm, closed on Monday, May 30th. If you're as entranced in this sculpture theme as we are, then we're sure we will see you there sometime this month.

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