Tweed Museum of Art
University of Minnesota Duluth
The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture
March 21 - May 14, 2000
This 50th anniversary special exhibition features the work of twelve artists who have had an impact on the development of figurative sculpture in the region, nation and internationally as well. Also, a small selection of figurative sculptors who have an important connection to Duluth and the Tweed Museum of Art through previous exhibition, academic and professional affiliation are included (left: Judith Altobell, After Bob Dylan: A Hard Rain Is Going to Fall, 1998, ceramic, 60 x 18 x 15 inches, Courtesy of the Artist and Art Resources Gallery, St. Paul, MN; right: Dean Meeker, Humanity (Fat Man), 1998, cast bronze, 31 1/2 x 14 x 7 3/4 inches)
In the spirit of the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati and curator Sarah Rogers-Rafferty's 1985 "Body and Soul - Aspects of Recent Figurative Sculpture," Tweed's "The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture" exhibition examines the unique and personal artistic statements of these Midwest artists, several shown at the museum for the first time, in this national context. (left: Coral Penelope Lambert, Dawn, 1996, cast iron and bronze, 16 x 11 x 11 inches; Orazio Fumagalli, Figure Fragment, 1995 cast plaster, 20 x 30 x 8 inches)
The Tweed's Director, Martin DeWitt, seeks contributions to purchase for the collection the Meeker sculpture shown above as well as another sculpture in the exhibition.
Lenders to the exhibition include the exhibition artists, Art Resources Gallery, St. Paul; Klein Art Works, Chicago; Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth; and the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center.
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