Mark Di Suvero (b.1933)
One of the foremost 20th century American abstract sculptors involved in monumental works, Mark Di Suvero is known for his gigantic sculptures constructed primarily from industrial I-beams. Born in China and trained at the California School of Fine Arts, he started his career in plastic art by making three dimensional junk art from scraps, before constructing his 1966 LA Peace Tower. During the early 1970s, he stayed in Europe, where he began creating the monumental outdoor abstract sculpture for which he is now best known.
One of the most prolific American sculptors, Di Suvero is responsible for a massive amount of public art throughout America, his best known works include Storm Angel (1973-4, Square Chabas, Chalon-sur-Saone); and Arikidea (1977, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden).
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EVOLUTION OF SCULPTURE
He joined the 10th Street Cooperative, which was formed as an alternative to the Madison Avenue and 57th Street galleries, which were both conservative and highly selective. The 10th Street Cooperative was avant-garde and operated on a low budget. Di Suvero was working on welded metal sculpture at the time, and, along with other sculptors, he founded the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Queens, for artists to install outdoor work. The park is still in operation today and regularly holds outdoor exhibitions. In 1960 he had his first solo exhibition at the Green Gallery New York.
Di Suvero's work can be found in some of the best art museums around the world, including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Museum of Contemporary Art, LA; Denver Art Museum; Yale University Art Gallery; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Speed Art Museum, Louisville; Detroit Institute of Arts; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis; Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Storm King Art Center, Mountainville; Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, England; Daimler-Chrysler Collection, Potsdamer Platz; Kroller-Muller Museum, Germany; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
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