Sarasota’s Bayfront Park will soon be home to 10 new works of large-scale sculpture when the Sarasota Season of Sculpture unveils its sixth season of sculptures on the bayfront in November. The exhibit, "Under Azure Skies," features works by 10 artists, according to a news release.
The sculptures will be installed in late October; the official unveiling, open to the public, is set for November at . There will be free tours for the exhibition, which runs through early May 2012. For more information, visit www.sarasotaseasonofsculpture.com.
John Henry, the exhibit's curator, says that the artwork reflects a range of styles, but most share the use of natural materials, evocative and iconic subject matter and an organic emphasis. "This exhibition was curated with the idea in mind that there is a power and significance that is unique to the man-made object," Henry said.
The exhibition, the release said, was first shown at Art St. Urban l in Lucerne, Switzerland, in 2007, where it has remained until this exhibition. After the Sarasota exhibition, the show travels to Florida International University in Miami.
"These sculptures come from artists of diverse backgrounds and origins. It is our hope that viewers will see this art as a common language understood all over the world," says Susan McLeod, Season of Sculpture’s board president, in the news release. "This museum without walls has raised the bar for regional public sculpture and added an important element to Sarasota's rich cultural tapestry." McLeod adds that the exhibition series has attracted more than one million visitors during its 12-year history.
The exhibit's 10 featured works are: “Big Red Tumkin” by Verina S. Baxter (steel); “Untitled” by Chakaia Booker (rubber tire and stainless steel); “Squirt” by John Clement (painted steel); “Untitled” by Isaac Duncan (stainless steel); “Complexus” by John Henry (steel); “Untitled” by Terry Karpowicz (granite, steel, and wood); “Mercury, Mars, and Venus” by Peter Lundberg (copper, steel, and colored concrete); “Portal” by Albert Paley (natural patina core and steel); “Oh'd” by Bret Price (galvanized steel) and “Crown” by Douglas Schatz.