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Beverly Pepper: Sculpture in Place

Saturday, September 13, 1986Sunday, November 2, 1986

Installation view of Beverly Pepper: Sculpture in Place at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (September 13–November 2, 1986). Image courtesy of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Digital Assets Collection, Buffalo, New York.

1905 Building and Grounds

Beverly Pepper: Sculpture in Place is the first major U.S. touring exhibition of the work of this important contemporary sculptor. Two decades of bold sculpture—from the highly polished stainless-steel works of the 1960s and the earthbound geometrics of the 1970s to the more recent monoliths—will be seen in this evenly paced survey that enables viewers to place the artist's work in an art-historical framework. Pepper's art reflects an extension of the Constructivist and Minimalist traditions, yet she has followed her own instincts and technical and artistic achievements to create an oeuvre that is both abstract and spiritual. Her use of simple forms and surfaces provides a vital dialogue between past and present, and the exhibition highlights the changing inventiveness and strong archaeological associations inherent in her work.

Approximately 60 works are included in the exhibition, both inside the museum and outside on the museum's grounds and staircase. Also featured are photographs and models of major site-specific sculptures created by the artist in various parts of the United States and Europe. 

This exhibition is organized by Albright-Knox Director Douglas G. Schultz. It traveled to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio; the Brooklyn Museum; and the Center for the Fine Arts, Miami, Florida.

Exhibition Sponsors

This exhibition was made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and from the National Endowment for the Arts. It was also made possible by a grant from GFI/Knoll International Foundation.