“Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2014: Selected Works by Albert Paley” on view June 14 to October 13, 2014
Eleven large-scale, abstract sculptures by Albert Paley, one of the world’s most acclaimed and prolific sculptors, will be exhibited on the grounds at Chesterwood, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, from June 14 to October 13, 2014, in the exhibition “Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2014: Selected Works by Albert Paley”. A lecture and reception with Albert Paley will be held at Chesterwood on July 19 at 4 p.m. in conjunction with the exhibition.
Albert Paley has been active as an artist at his studio in Rochester, NY, for over 30 years. He is the first metal sculptor to receive the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Institute of Architects, the AIA’s highest award to a non-architect.
“More than 500 sculptors have exhibited their work at Chesterwood since 1978. This is the first time we will present the sculpture of one artist who has certainly made a significant mark in the field of contemporary art and design,” said Executive Director Donna Hassler. “We are very excited to showcase Albert Paley’s monumental sculptures at Chesterwood. They will have a powerful impact on the landscape shaped by Daniel Chester French himself.”
Commissioned by both public institutions and private corporations, Paley has completed more than 50 site-specific works. Some notable examples are the “Portal Gates” for the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC; “Synergy”, a ceremonial archway in Philadelphia; the “Portal Gates” for the New York State Senate Chambers in Albany; “Sentinel”, a monumental plaza sculpture for Rochester Institute of Technology and a 65-foot sculpture for the entry court of Bausch and Lomb’s headquarters in Rochester. Recently completed works include “The Promise”, a 40-foot-high sculpture for Hershey Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey, PA, a 40-foot-high sculpture for Hilo University in Hawaii; a relief sculpture for Michigan State University that is 47 feet long; three sculptures for the National Harbor development near Washington, DC; “Animals Always”, a 130-foot-long archway for the St. Louis Zoo; a gate for the Cleveland Botanical Gardens in Cleveland, Ohio; a sculptural relief for Wellington Place in Toronto, Canada; “Threshold”, a sculpture for the Corporate Headquarters of Klein Steel in Rochester; and a ceremonial entranceway called “Transformation” for Iowa State University.
Paley’s work is in the permanent collections of over 30 museums, both nationally and internationally, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Toledo Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum and The British Museum, both in London.
An international lecturer who is widely published, Paley received both his BFA and MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. He received honorary doctorates from the University of Rochester in 1989, the State University of New York at Brockport in 1996, and St. Lawrence University in 1997. He also holds an endowed chair at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
In 2014, Paley will be the subject of a first-ever retrospective survey of his work at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. “American Metal: The Art of Albert Paley”, on view at the Corcoran from June 28 to September 28, 2014, spans Paley’s remarkable 50-year-career, tracing his early work as a jeweler and progressing through his current large-scale sculptural projects to reveal the artist’s unique place in American art.