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BILL BARRETT

E M A N AT I O N S I N B R O N Z E


BILL BARRETT EMANATIONS IN BRONZE

LewAllenGalleries Railyard Arts District | 1613 Paseo de Peralta | Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 | tel 505.988.3250 www.lewallengalleries.com | info@lewallengalleries.com cover: Herald 14, 2015, original cast bronze model, 14 x 9.5 x 7.5 in


BILL BARRETT: EMANATIONS IN BRONZE

OCTOBER 9 - NOVEMBER 8, 2015

Bill Barrett’s Emanations in Bronze features a significant range of the wide variety of these remarkable “frozen in motion” expressions for which Barrett has been widely acclaimed and which seem more like images of impromptu spontaneity than objects of durable metal. As precursor sculptures for his largescale work, the maquettes and mid-sized works in this exhibition offer opportunities for collectors who do not have the space for his more monumental pieces. Art historian and critic Peter Frank has written about Barrett’s work that, “These sculptures are not bodies gesturing, they are the gestures themselves.” Barrett himself concurs with the composer Edvard Grieg’s belief that to create art “one must first be a human being. All true art grows out of that which is distinctly human.” These sophisticated constructions, through a delicate balance of form and content, transcend the starker aesthetics of minimalism with a warmth and humanity that suggests the rhythm of dance and music. Cathartic in nature, Barrett’s sculptural works clearly convey his ability to translate emotion into lyrically fluent forms. With each work of art, Barrett aims for a certain life-spark that speaks to the viewer’s inner self, to his ideas and his moods. Born in Los Angeles, California, Bill Barrett has become known as an iconic figure in American Modernist sculpture. He is considered to be a central figure in the second generation of American metal sculptors and is influenced by the work of sculptural artists such as David Smith, Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin, as well as the abstract expressionist paintings of Arshily Gorky. He has been exhibiting his work since the mid-1960s and has been included in many museum exhibitions and international art expositions — the Whitney Sculpture Annual in 1970, Art Basel in 1989, the Tokyo Expo in 1990, and the Armory Show in New York in 1996, to name only a few. Barrett attended the University of Michigan from 1954 to 1960 and earned his BS and MS in Design and his MFA from the same institution. Additionally, Barrett’s work is represented in numerous private and public collections. His sculptures are in such renowned sculpture parks as the Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey, Pyramid Hill in Ohio, and Runnymede in California, and also are installed on dozens of corporate, municipal and university campuses. Several are on the campus of his alma mater, the University of Michigan. Barrett is the subject of Bill Barrett: Evolution of a Sculptor, a major monograph of his work by Philip Palmedo, published in 2003 by Hudson Hills Press, and Bill Barrett Sculpture and Paintings to 2012, published recently. 2


Lexicon II, 2006, original cast bronze model, 18 x 16 x 10.5 in

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Bonsai II, 2015, original cast bronze model, 20 x 13 x 6 in

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Monarch, 2015, original cast bronze model, 28.5 x 13 x 11 in

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Enchantment Model, 2007, fabricated bronze (wall piece), 25 x 12 x 4 in

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Energia I, 2010, original cast bronze model, 18 x 14.5 x 11 in

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DNA 8, 2012, original cast bronze model, 14 x 12 x 6 in

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Osiris, 2003, original cast bronze model, 29 x 15 x 12.5 in.

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Sojourner #17, 2012 - 2014, original cast bronze model, 12 x 8.5 in

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Elan V, 2004, original cast bronze model, 20.5 x 22.5 x 13 in

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Untitled Relief, 2014, original cast bronze model (wall piece), 17 x 11 x 4 in

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DNA Model 5, 2011, original cast bronze model, 14.5 x 14.5 x 6 in

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Hermes, 2015, original cast bronze model, 21.5 x 10 x 11 in

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Bonsai, 2015, original cast bronze model, 20 x 14 x 7 in

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Herald 10, 2015, original cast bronze model, 19 x 12 x 9 in

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Dancing Couple, 2015, original cast bronze model, 16 x 11 x 7 in

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Flora Pinnacle, 2010, original cast bronze model, 25.5 x 18 x 11 in

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Bill Barrett Born: 1934, Los Angeles, CA

Education: BS and MS in Design, MFA, University of Michigan SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS: 2012 Bill Barrett, DNA, LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM 2012 Bill Barrett, Sculpture and Paintings, Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, FL 2011 Bill Barrett, Paintings and Sculptures, Kouros Gallery, New York, NY 2010 Polyphonics, Iowa State University, Christian Petersen Art Museum, Ames, IA Synchronicities, Kouros Gallery, New York, NY 2008-09 Exquisite Balance, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 2008 Drawing Exhibition, Michigan State University, College of Arts and Letters, Kresge Art Center, East Lansing, MI LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM Kouros Gallery, New York, NY 2007 Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ 2006 Kouros Gallery, New York, NY 2005 LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM 2004 Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, FL 2002 Century Association, New York, NY Ira Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA 1982-05 DeGraaf Fine Art, Saugatuck, MI 2001 McCormick Works of Art, Chicago, IL Kouros Gallery, New York, NY Cline Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM 2000 Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ J. J. Brookings Gallery, San Francisco, CA 1999 Harris Gallery, Houston, TX 1998 J. J. Brookings Gallery, San Francisco, CA 1997–98 Nardin Gallery, New York, NY 1996 Kouros Gallery, New York, NY Cline Fine Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 1995 Mongerson-Wunderlich Gallery, Chicago, IL Galerie Roswitha Benkert, Zurich 1994 Kouros Gallery, New York, NY 1993 Cline Fine Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 1990 Galerie Roswitha Benkert, Zurich Shidoni Contemporary Gallery, Tesuque, NM 1986 Kouros Gallery, New York, NY Galerie Roswitha Benkert, Zurich 1985–86 Bellevue Hospital Sculpture Garden (outdoor), New York, NY 1985 Kouros Gallery, New York, NY 1983 Sculpture Center, New York, NY 1976–77 Brooklyn Borough Hall (outdoor show), Brooklyn, NY 1976 City University of New York, Graduate Mall, New York, NY 1975 County Executive Buildings, (outdoor show)

1974 1973 1972 1971 1970 1969 1967 1966 1965 1964

White Plains, NY Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, Long Island, NY Katonah Art Gallery, Katonah, New York, NY James Yu Gallery, New York, NY Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY Lantern Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY 10 Downtown Show, New York, NY Jason Gallery, New York, NY Kalamazoo Art Center, Kalamazoo, MI Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI Hanamura Galleries, Detroit, MI

MUSEUM AND UNIVERSITY COLLECTIONS: 911 Memorial Museum, New York, NY Albright College, Freedman Gallery, Reading, PA Albuquerque Museum of Art, Albuquerque, NM Aldrich Museum of Art, Ridgefield, CT Allan Houser Foundation, Permanent Collection, Santa Fe, NM Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH Eastern Michigan University Library, Ypsilanti, MI Fine Arts Museum of Oklahoma City, OK Goddard Visual Art Center, Ardmore, OK Grounds for Sculpture Museum, Hamilton, NJ Guild Hall Museum of Art, East Hampton, NY Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM Hope College, Music School, Holland, MI The Hyde Collection Art Museum, Glens Falls, NY Iowa State University, Art on Campus Collection, Gerdin Building, College of Business, Ames, IA Iowa State University, Art on Campus Collection, Ames, IA Iowa State University, Department of Music and Theater, Ames, Iowa International Foundation Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI Las Vegas Museum of Art, Las Vegas, NV Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI Mitchell Wolfson New World Campus, Miami, FL Museum of Outdoor Art, Englewood, Colorado Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY Norfolk Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA Pyramid Hill, Sculpture Park and Museum, Hamilton, OH Reading Museum, Reading, PA

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SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS: Ann Arbor City Hall, Ruby Church Memorial, Ann Arbor, MI City of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ Criminal Court Building, Hartford, CT New York City, New Dorp High School, Staten Island, NY Nyack Plaza Mall, Nyack, NY Pennington Park, Patterson, NJ

Rice University, Houston, TX Runnymede Sculpture Farm, San Francisco, CA Santa Fe Museum of Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, AZ Stony Brook University, Louis and Beatrice Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology The Utsukushi-ga-Hara Open Air Museum, Tokyo, Japan University of Hartford, Hartford, CT University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI University of Michigan, School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor, MI University of Michigan, School of Engineering, Ann Arbor, MI University of Michigan, School of Social Work, Ann Arbor, MI University of Montana, Montana Museum of Art and Culture, Missoula, MT University of the South, Sewanee, TN University of Syracuse, Syracuse, NY Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

Kinder, 1986 - 2015, 24 karat gold leaf over bronze, 10 x 7 x 6 in 21


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Bill Barrett: Emanations in Bronze