Mark di Suvero
Sculpture and Drawings
534 W 21st Street
NEW YORK—Paula Cooper Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of sculpture and works on paper by Mark di Suvero. The exhibition includes a large-scale steel sculpture, and a group of recent drawings.
Mark di Suvero’s sculpture titled XV (1971) seen in the main gallery is composed of four sections of massive steel beams measuring over 20 feet. Di Suvero uses industrially produced found materials, giving his sculptures a strong, raw energy. The heavy weight and unrefined quality of the elements used here contrast with the extraordinary elegance and lightness of the sculpture’s final composition. Each component seems weightless as it lightly rests upon the others, creating a surprising structural clarity that shifts as the viewer moves around the work.
On view in the front gallery space is Hopesoup (1990), an assemblage of disparate industrial leftovers. Despite its weightiness, Hopesoup can be set in motion, with two elements spinning around separate axes.
In the entrance are a selection of drawings. To di Suvero, “the drawings are like windows. Those who look at them see only the window but I see through it…the drawing gives me the memory of an idea and how to transform this idea into a sculpture…they are the map of my thinking. Feeling in ink.”
XV has been exhibited at the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, the Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum, Duisberg in Germany in 1972; Chalon-sur-Saône, France, from 1972 to 1974; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, from 1975 to 1976; and the Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, Missouri, from 1976 until recently.
Mark di Suvero lives and works in New York, California, and Chalon-sur-Saône, France. Major exhibitions of di Suvero’s work include: Le Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, both in 1975; the Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York, in 1985 and 1995; the Venice Biennale, Italy, in 1995; and the city-wide exhibition Mark di Suvero in Paris, France, 1997. Other large-scale sculptures can be seen at the Storm King Art Center, as well as the Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, where a concurrent exhibition of sculpture and drawings is currently on view through January 11, 2004.