Arthur Gibbons

Arthur Gibbons (1947- )

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Gibbons creates bold abstract sculptures working mostly with aluminum and painted steel. After earning a BA at Ohio Wesleyan University (1969), he continued at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with a BFA (1970) and then an MFA (1972). Gibbons taught briefly at Colby, Baruch and Lafayette Colleges before joining the faculty at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College in 1988, where he became Director in 1989 — a position he still holds. In addition to participating in many group exhibitions, his first major solo exhibitions took place at Freidus Gallery (1977-82) and Emmerich Gallery (1984-92) in New York. In 1978 Gibbons moved into a new studio with expanded space and better metal working equipment with the result that his style developed and changed. The new equipment enabled Gibbons to cut large slabs of hot rolled steel into pieces that he welded together to form large abstract shapes and forms. The raw cut edges of the steel slabs are prominent elements, providing a dynamic quality that suggests three-dimensional drawing – drawing in space. In the next decade, Gibbons worked on a series of abstract pedestal works in which the pedestal serves as an integral part of the sculpture not simply as a support. Gibbons, Fletcher Benton, Anthony Caro, Beverly Pepper, Anne Truitt and others, participated in the group show “Table Sculpture” organized by the Andre Emmerich Gallery in 1993. Gibbons’ three works in the Putnam Collection date from the period when he emerged as an important figure in the New York art scene. Oeccan (1990) is an outstanding example of his large painted steel sculptures; the two aluminum works Pima (1993) and Avignon (1997) are part of his pedestal series. In addition to works in the Putnam Collection, Gibbons’ sculptures are in numerous distinguished private and public collections, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y. , the Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, N.Y., the Denver Art Museum, the Williams College Museum, Chase Manhattan Bank, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. In 1987 Gibbons received the Henry Moore Grand Prize Award (Japan) and the R. S. Reynolds Memorial award for distinguished architecture using aluminum.

Works in the collection:

24 Oeccan, 1990
Painted steel, granite base
Bellflower Road, Harkness Chapel, [1992.3]

25 Pima, 1993
Aluminum
Euclid Avenue, Crawford Hall, [1993.1]

36 Avignon, 1997
Aluminum
Ford Drive, Dively Center, courtyard, [1997.2]

The Putnam Sculpture Collection
Case Western Reserve University
11201 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7110

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