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Tom Otterness: Sculpture


Works by Tom Otterness, an artist best known for his figurative sculptures of plump, asymmetrical people made of cast plaster or metal, will be on view in Tom Otterness: Sculpture, at Nassau County Museum of Art (NCMA) from May 31 to August 4, 2002.  These sculptures by Otterness have a playful, even comical quality and are often involved in some sort of activity or motion.

Otterness' sculptures are in the permanent collections of many institutions, among them the Brooklyn Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C. (1990), the Marlborough Gallery, New York (1997) and the John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco (1998). Otterness is represented by the Malborough Gallery which is showing an exhibition of his newest works through May 18, 2002. (left Tom Otterness, Free Money, bronze, 9' high)

Otterness sculptures are also sited in numerous public places. This spring he will unveil a public commission from the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority at the 14th Street/Union Square subway station. This installation, called Life Underground, incorporates more than 30 figures. Otterness is currently working on a large public commission for Museum Beeldende an Zee in the Netherlands. Scheduled to open in 2003, it is the artist's most complex project to date. Based on fairy tales, it will include three figures that each measure 35 feet in height or length.

Recently NCMA joined the roster of museums with an Otterness work in its permanent collection. The Museum's Contemporary Collectors Circle, a membership group dedicated to contemporary art and to raising funds for additions to NCMA's permanent collection, acquired Otterness' Free Money for NCMA's Sculpture Garden. Typical of the classic Otterness style, it is a nine-foot high bronze that whimsically depicts a couple jubilantly dancing atop a sack of money.


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