Sculpture Center organized its first Collection in 1998. The ISC, like
many nonprofit organizations, was faced with the challenge of raising
funds in difficult times without resorting to raising membership fees.
ISC Collection I was conceived as a creative fundraising alternative
to the art auction and was specifically designed to supplement the ISCs
budget while offering a level of respect and regard for the market value
of artists works not generally accomplished with art auctions. Collection
I and subsequent Collections II, III, and IV
successfully attracted collectors while respecting the integrity of the
contributing artists prices.
Artists were invited
to participate in Collections I through IV using a balance
of artistic approach and taking into consideration the artists reputations
and collectibility. Collections I through IV were each purchased
by museum or private collectors and included contributions from artists
as renowned and diverse as Magdalena Abakanowicz, Bill Barrett, Bruce
Beasley, Fletcher Benton, Anthony Caro, Linda Fleming, Mark di Suvero,
John Henry, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, and dozens of others.
The ISC Board of Directors are grateful to all the contributing artists
over the years for providing valuable support for the ISCs programs
including Sculpture magazine, the ISC Web site, Resource Center, Conferences,
and Education and Award Programs. We also are grateful to the museums
and private collectors who have purchased these outstanding works of art.
ISC Figurative Collection continued the tradition of offering the finest
contemporary sculpture. The
Figurative Collection has been purchased by a private collector. The ISC
gratefully acknowledges the support of the contributing artists and Mary
O'Shaughnessy's Wood Street Gallery in Chicago for making the Figurative
Collection a success. All
artworks were donated by the artists. All proceeds benefit the programs
of the International Sculpture Center (ISC), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Tom Otterness was born in Wichita, Kansas, in 1952. He studied at
the Arts Students League and the Whitney Museum of American Arts
Independent Study Program. His many solo exhibitions include shows
at the Museum of Modern Art and numerous prominent galleries. Otternesss
The Real World is one of New York´s most popular public artworks.
Cast in bronze, the sculptures feature Otterness´s signature
cartoonish figures: animals and people, bankers and robbers, laborers
and pilgrims, predators and prey, all rubbing shoulders in his delightfully
loopy narrative world. Otternesss other public commissions include
the Los Angeles Federal Court Plaza, the 14th Street/8th Avenue subway
station in New York, and the State Library in Münster. His work
was recently featured at the Marlborough Gallery in New York.
2001. Bronze, 24 x 15 x 15.5 in.
Stephen De Staebler was born in Saint Louis in 1933. He studied at
Princeton University, Black Mountain College, and the University of
California, Berkeley, and he taught for many years at the San Francisco
Art Institute. The fractured human figure has been the subject of
De Staeblers sculpture for many years, and his works fuse the
tangible corporeality of clay with a sense of the metaphysical. Peter
Selzs article on his work appears in the May 2002 issue of Sculpture.
De Staeblers solo exhibitions have been featured at the Oakland
Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Monterey Peninsula
Museum of Art, and most recently at Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New
York. His many public commissions include works for the Sanctuary
of the Holy Spirit Chapel, Berkeley; the Bay Area Rapid Transit District,
San Francisco; and the San Jose Convention Center.
Two Woman Torso,
1994. Bronze, 41.5 x 21 x 14 in.
Viola Frey was born in 1933 in Lodi, California. She received her
B.F.A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland and
her M.F.A. from Tulane University, New Orleans. Her work is important
for its figurative use of clay (often a businessman, a housewife,
and a grandmother), particularly at large scale and in bright colors.
She has twice received an Artists Fellowship Grant from the
National Endowment for the Arts, and the Arts Commission of San Francisco
has conferred on her an Award of Honor for Sculpture. Her numerous
solo exhibitions include Larger than Life: Ceramic Figures by
Viola Frey at the Boise Art Museum, the traveling exhibition
Viola Frey: Plates 19681994, and Viola Frey:
A Bricoleur of the 20th Century at Pacific Bell in San Ramon,
California. She resides in Oakland, California.
1995. Glazed ceramic,
33 x 28 x 16 in.
William King was born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1925. He studied
at the University of Florida, Cooper Union, the Brooklyn Museum Art
School, the Accademia delle Belle Arti, Rome, and the Central School,
London. King uses sheet metal that is slotted together like cardboard
cut-outs for childrens toys. His sculpture forms a significant
commentary on the human condition that is often a statement of joy,
exuberance, and ease. He has taught at the Brooklyn Museum Art School,
University of California, Berkeley, the Art Students League, New York,
and the University of Pennsylvania. His solo exhibitions include shows
at the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art,
the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati,
Ohio, and Grounds For Sculpture, New Jersey.
Buddha Left and
9.5 x 9.5 x 12.5 in.
Manuel Neri was born in Sanger, California, in 1930. He studied art
at the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland and the
California School of Fine Arts (now San Francisco Art Institute).
Neri is known primarily for his life-size figurative sculptures in
plaster, bronze, and marble, as well as for his association with the
Bay Area Figurative movement. He has completed numerous public commissions,
and his work has been acquired by many important collections, including
the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden,
the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of
American Art. In 1990, Neri retired from the University of California,
Davis, where he had taught since 1965. He divides his time between
his studios in Italy and California.
Pecadoras Series I (Cast 2/5),
2001. Bronze and mixed media, 31.25 x 7.9 x 7.25 in.
Born in 1948, Judith Sheas early training was as a clothing
designer. Her earliest sculptures were simple forms made of pliant
fabric hung on the wall. Later, she began casting fabric in metal
to achieve greater strength and rigidity. The use of clothing forms
has allowed her to represent the human figure using the most economical
of means and to synthesize figurative art and Minimalism. In the mid-1980s,
Shea began juxtaposing figures with forms and then pairing figures
to give her work added psychological complexity. Her one-person exhibitions
have included Selected Works: 19791994, at Max Protetch
Gallery in New York; Recent Sculpture, at John Berggruen
Gallery in San Francisco; and Monuments and Statues, at
the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, in New York.
1998. Bronze and gold leaf,
18 x 3 x 2.5 in.
Kiki Smith was born in Germany in 1954. She began to make figures
for her traveling puppet theatre in the early 1970s. By 1976, she
had moved to New York where she continues to reside and work. She
trained to be an emergency medical technician at the Brooklyn hospital
in 1985, and the same year she also began to work in glass at the
New York Experimental Glass Workshop. Kiki Smiths concern
with the body and the skin as a protective but fragile, penetrable
membrane surfaced in works of the late 1970s. Upending paradigms
of the classical figure and hierarchies of artistic materials with
her use of glass, beads, paper and wax, Smith has created many poignant
and sometimes disturbing images. Her work has been exhibited in
numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 1993 Venice Biennale,
and most recently at the 2002 Whitney Biennial in Central Park and
Pace Wildenstein Gallery, New York.
2001. Bronze, 8 x 3 x 5 in.