Fletcher Benton: An American Artist

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Towering large-scale painted steel forms that evoke grids, crystals, and the structural practicality of architecture, Fletcher Benton's sculptures can hold their own amid the glass and steel towers of the contemporary city while being equally compatible with the vineyards and fields where they are also often sited. His work has garnered attention and commissions from museums and collectors from California to Italy. In this career monograph, Benton's work is discussed in three different essays, each honing in on a...
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Overview

Towering large-scale painted steel forms that evoke grids, crystals, and the structural practicality of architecture, Fletcher Benton's sculptures can hold their own amid the glass and steel towers of the contemporary city while being equally compatible with the vineyards and fields where they are also often sited. His work has garnered attention and commissions from museums and collectors from California to Italy. In this career monograph, Benton's work is discussed in three different essays, each honing in on a specific period in his career. It is the first inclusive and thorough examination of this major American sculptor and how his work fits into the art timeline of the twentieth century.
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Editorial Reviews

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Fletcher Benton began as a painter but then joined the kinetic art movement in the 1960s before turning to sculpture in 1973. His sculptures—some relatively small and others monumental—are mostly made from steel; all are beautifully photographed for this collection. Accompanying the 441 color photographs of Benton's works are three essays highlighting different stages in the artist's career. Ratcliff (contributing editor, Art in America), Collette Chattopadhyay (contributing editor, Sculpture), and art critic Jolei Leisegang provide insightful details of Benton's stunning work. Featured here are his Folded Square Alphabet sculptures, made of bronze, aluminum, or steel and painted in primary colors; Steel Watercolors, which can range up to 66 feet high and are often displayed outdoors; and the Donut sculptures, which contain poles, semicircles, and balls that appear to be suspended in space and ready to fall to the ground. VERDICT As the most wide-ranging collection of Benton's sculptures, this is highly recommended for sculpture and art history students, Benton fans, and anyone interested in sculpture or American art.—Lisa Block, Atlanta
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555952969
  • Publisher: Hudson Hills Press
  • Publication date: 9/16/2009
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 1.60 (d)

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