Thursday, March 22, 2012

Beverly Pepper - Site Specific

Beverly Pepper (born 1922) is a pioneering sculptor known for her monumental works,site specific and land art. Independent from any particular art movement, she is a world renowned artist whose brilliant and prolific career has spanned over forty years. She has created sculptures in cast iron, bronze, steel, stainless steel, and stone. Pepper is also known for her site-specific projects in which she has incorporated expanses of industrial metals into the landscape, creating large-scale sculptures that were often designed to function as public spaces.

Beverly Pepper was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1922. At sixteen, she entered the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn to study advertising design, photography, and industrial design. She then embarked on a career as a commercial art director. After 1951, she has divided her time between homes and studios in New York City and Todi, Italy. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions across the United States, including one-person shows at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; the Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; the Columbus Museum of Art, OH; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY; and the San Francisco Museum of Art, CA and in museums, galleries, and public sites throughout Europe.  

Beverly Pepper sculpture Alpha (photo above) is on loan at Laumeier Sculpture Park. The park also has a site specific installation called Cromlech Glen by Beverly Pepper (similar in some respects to photo shown below).

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