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Mark Di Suvero: The Cave

Lower Park
20 Feb 2018–1 Feb 2021

The Cave is constructed from geometric steel beams and panels from which a pair of organic shapes dangle – suggesting a manmade structure designed to offer up a natural form for our consideration.

The shapes are suspended in tension by wire without coming in to direct contact with the solid base, enabling a kinaesthetic response and mobility that counters the otherwise static qualities of the sculpture. 

Mark di Suvero came to public prominence in 1975 when one of his works was installed in the Jardin des Tuileries, Paris - a first for any living artist - in the same year that a major retrospective of his works was held at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Like a number of his contemporaries, di Suvero assembled his early sculptures from the detritus he found while walking around the city. Working with wooden beams, planks, rope, chains, and metal, he built dynamic sculptures that matched the paintings of the Abstract Expressionists in exuberance and size.

 

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