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The Estate of Kenneth Snelson

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Web of stainless steel cylinders held together with wire.

Forest Devil, 1974-2012

stainless steel, edition of 4

204 x 420 x 300 in. / 518.2 x 1,066.8 x 762 cm

 

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Upright web of stainless steel cylinders held together with wire resembling a tree.

B-Tree II, 1981-2008

stainless steel, unique

108 x 114 x 130 in. / 274.3 x 289.6 x 330.2 cm

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Installation shot of vertical tower of black stainless steel cylinders and wires.

E.C. Tower, 1969-2006

anodized black stainless steel and aluminum

504 x 132 x 114 in. / 1,280.2 x 335.3 x 289.6 cm

Installed in Deux Américains à Paris, October 2006, Jardins du Palais Royal, Paris, France

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Rainbow arch of stainless steel cylinders held together by wire.

Rainbow Arch, 2001

aluminum and stainless steel, edition of 3

84 x 152 x 32 in. / 213.4 x 386.1 x 81.3 cm

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Symmetrical square of stainless steel cylinders atop a pedestal.

Mirror Mirror I, 1998

aluminum and stainless steel, edition of 4

23 1/2 x 20 1/2 x 9 1/4 in. / 59.7 x 52.1 x 23.5 cm

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Web of stainless steel cylinders held together with wire in angular formation.

Mozart I, 1981-1982

stainless steel, edition of 4

35 x 44 x 43 in. / 88.9 x 111.8 x 109.2 cm

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Web of stainless steel cylinders held together with wire.

Forest Devil, 1974-2012

stainless steel, edition of 4

204 x 420 x 300 in. / 518.2 x 1,066.8 x 762 cm

 

Upright web of stainless steel cylinders held together with wire resembling a tree.

B-Tree II, 1981-2008

stainless steel, unique

108 x 114 x 130 in. / 274.3 x 289.6 x 330.2 cm

Installation shot of vertical tower of black stainless steel cylinders and wires.

E.C. Tower, 1969-2006

anodized black stainless steel and aluminum

504 x 132 x 114 in. / 1,280.2 x 335.3 x 289.6 cm

Installed in Deux Américains à Paris, October 2006, Jardins du Palais Royal, Paris, France

Rainbow arch of stainless steel cylinders held together by wire.

Rainbow Arch, 2001

aluminum and stainless steel, edition of 3

84 x 152 x 32 in. / 213.4 x 386.1 x 81.3 cm

Symmetrical square of stainless steel cylinders atop a pedestal.

Mirror Mirror I, 1998

aluminum and stainless steel, edition of 4

23 1/2 x 20 1/2 x 9 1/4 in. / 59.7 x 52.1 x 23.5 cm

Web of stainless steel cylinders held together with wire in angular formation.

Mozart I, 1981-1982

stainless steel, edition of 4

35 x 44 x 43 in. / 88.9 x 111.8 x 109.2 cm

"My art is concerned with nature in its primary aspect,
the patterns of physical forces in three dimensional space."

Black and white photographic portrait of Kenneth Snelson

Kenneth Snelson.

About

Born in 1927 in Pendleton, Oregon, Kenneth Snelson graduated from the University of Oregon and served in the US Navy in World War II. After the war he enrolled at Black Mountain College in North Carolina where he studied with Josef Albers and encountered Buckminster Fuller. In 1951, Snelson studied with Léger at the Academie Montmartre in Paris and by 1960 created his first large-scale sculptural works whereby he entered a new, innovative artistic territory. He has spent sixty years composing brilliant, wholly new sculptural compositions, and his accomplishments in this regard are historically unique. 

Throughout his lifetime, Snelson received numerous honors and awards, including: New York State Council on the Arts Sculpture, 1971; American Institutes of Architects’ Medal, 1981; Honorary Doctorate, Arts and Humane Letters, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, 1985; American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Art Award, 1987; Membership, American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1994; Lifetime Achievement Award, International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, New Jersey, 1999; The Elizabeth N. Watrous Prize, National Academy of Design, New York, New York, 2002.

Snelson's work can be found in public and corporate collections all over the world, including: The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Dallas Museum of Fine Art, Dallas, Texas; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; Rijksmuseum Kroller-Muller, Otterlo, The Netherlands; Rijksmuseum Staedelijk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Shiga Museum of Modern Art, Otsu, Shiga, Japan; Stanford University, Palo Alto, California ; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York.

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