Renowned artist Lynda Benglis works with diverse materials—both traditional (wax, bronze, and clay) and nontraditional (latex rubber and polyurethane foam)—and has explored the form of the fountain for over thirty years. Her first fountain was a cast bronze wave, The Wave of the World (1984), a commission for the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition in New Orleans. Benglis’s AAM exhibition consists of a series of working water fountains presented outdoors in the Roof Deck Sculpture Garden. Evoking material in action, the fountains reveal the natural connection between the human form and the motion of water.
AAM exhibitions are made possible by the Marx Exhibition Fund. General exhibition support is provided by the Toby Devan Lewis Visiting Artist Fund.
Major support for Lynda Benglis's exhibition is provided by Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson. Additional support is provided by the Simone and Kerry Vickar Roof Deck Sculpture Fund and the AAM National Council.
Moving easily between the mediums of painting, drawing, and sculpture, artist Alan Shields (1944–2005) displayed a deep consideration of material and color through his practice. Interested in opening up a broader context in which art could be experienced, he created objects that hang freely in space and are experienced in relation to the movement of the human body. His brightly colored, layered works illustrate Shields's belief in a direct connection between art and life, revealing a multifaceted practice that merges the sculptural, the painterly, and the theatrical.
Raised in a community steeped in creativity as a part of everyday life and characterized by a strong ethos to save and recycle, artist John Outterbridge has been making sculpture from found and discarded materials and debris—including rags, rubber, and scrap metal—for more than fifty years. The exhibition John Outterbridge: Rag Man was organized by the Hammer Museum and initially presented at Art + Practice (cofounded by artist Mark Bradford, social activist Allan DiCastro, and philanthropist and collector Eileen Harris Norton) in Leimert Park, Los Angeles. Focusing on work made since 2000, the show features sculptures and assemblages composed of materials such as tools, twigs, bone, and hair.
John Outterbridge: Rag Man was organized by the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, for Art + Practice, and curated by Anne Ellegood, Senior Curator, with Jamillah James, Assistant Curator. The Aspen Art Museum’s presentation was organized by Heidi Zuckerman, Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director.
The Hammer Museum at Art + Practice is a Public Engagement Partnership supported by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation.
The presentation of John Outterbridge: Rag Man in Aspen is funded in part by the AAM National Council.