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Image of ISC Lifetime Achievement Award, copy of Head from the figure of a woman [Cycladic; Keros-Syros culture]
Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1922, Beverly Pepper is one of the most important and compelling artists of her generation. At sixteen, she entered Pratt Institute, Brooklyn to study advertising design, photography, and industrial design. She then worked as an art director, before being drawn to post war Europe in 1949. While studying in Paris at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière, she attended classes with cubist painter Andrél’Hôte, and with Fernand Léger at his atelier. At this time she also visited the studios of Ossip Zadkine and Brancusi. From 1949-1960 she was a painter, before devoting herself primarily to sculpture.

From the beginning, her sculptures were displayed outdoors. In the early 60’s, she created lyrical steel pieces that were included in the “Sculture nella cita”, in Spoleto, Italy. She was invited to fabricate works in Italisider Factories for the Spoleto event, along with ten other artists, including Alexander Calder and David Smith. As the sixties progressed, Pepper turned to polished stainless steel creating works such as Fallen Sky, 1969.

Eventually, she began manipulating earth to resolve her sculptures—steel and soil merged into groundbreaking pieces such as Dallas Land Canal, 1971-75, Dallas, Texas. Her progressive ideas became realized in commissions such as her seminal work Amphisculpture, 1974-75, Bedminster New Jersey. Later in the 80’s and 90’s she made works such as Cromlech Glen, (restored in 2003) St. Louis, Missouri, Palengenesis, 1993-94, Zurich, Switzerland and Sol i Ombra, 1987-92, Barcelona, Spain. The works blend nature with industrial materials, as well as inviting the viewer to be a part of the work—“a total environment.” From that time to the present she completed similar works including: Spazio Teatro Celle, 1987-92, Pistoia, Italy, San Anselmo Megalith, San Anselmo, California, 2007-2010, Waccabuc Amphitheater, Waccabuc, New York, 1999-2008, and Walls of Memory: For my Grandmother, Vilnius, Lithuania, 1999-2005, and Calgary Sentinels and Hawk Hill, 2010, Calgary, Canada.

She has received several awards, among those: Doctor of Fine Arts, Alumni Achievement Award and the Legends Award, from Pratt Institute; Doctor of Fine Arts, The Maryland Institute; Accademico di Merito, Universtiy of Perugia; Cittadinanza Onoraria, Todi, Italy: Amic de Barcelona, city of Barcelona, Spain; Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France and The Alexander Calder Prize.

The works of Beverly Pepper have been exhibited and collected by major museums and galleries throughout the world, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; The White House Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Inst., Washington, D.C.; The San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City; Centre George Pompidou, Paris; The Contemporary Sculpture Center, Tokyo; Palazzo Degli Uffizi, Florence; The Albertina Museum, Vienna; The Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona; The Wohl Rose Garden, Jerusalem; Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome; Forte Belvedere, Florence; Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan and Jardins du Palais Royal, Paris.

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