Albert Paley: Park Avenue Works

From WXXI:

“World-renowned metal sculptor Albert Paley has been working on 13 newly executed sculptures that will be installed on Park Avenue in New York City as part of The Fund for Park Avenue’s Temporary Public Art Collection. WXXI has been given unprecedented access to Paley and his team, documenting the project every step of the way. The first webisode in this six-part web-only series goes live Thursday, May 16 right here on this page. Five more will follow every Thursday with the finale on June 20 feauring the installation of the sculptures on Park Avenue in New York City.”


Last year the Arts Division had a change to visit Paley’s studio here in Rochester. Watch the video by Ove Overmyer here.

Items covering Paley’s Work here at Central









New Sculpture Books

An eclectic group of 84 international artists guide us on a journey of beauty and art through 477 inspiring sculptures. Enjoy the variety of sculptures from the traditional to the avant garde, the serious to the whimsical. Artists employ a variety of media, including bronze, clay, glass, stone, and wood, as well as some less common materials such as ice, sand, and even food. The diversity of the their work and the range of their creativity and resourcefulness provides insight into the international trends in art today. The result is an eye-catching and wonderfully informative look at contemporary art. A must-have reference for serious art collectors and enthusiasts.

Entering the world of Les Lalanne is like entering a fairy tale world full of imagination and wildness. They inhabit a world full of animals, wild gardens, old fashioned gates and flower beds. Their sculptures are whimsical and at the same time elegant, with references to ancient French craftsmanship and twentieth-century Surrealism. An example of Claude’s work comes from her garden of choupattes or cabbages. Her cabbages are four feet tall and have chicken feet. As she casts from life, the size of her cabbage sculptures are determined by the size of the cabbage she grows, She says in Town and County, “the bigger the cabbage; the longer and more involved the casting and founding process. The sculptures are finished when they are given their chicken feet.” –

This book is a collection of Albert Paley’s Exhibition held at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, N.Y. from May 1-June 27, 2010. Paley is Professor and Artist in Residence holding the Charlotte Fredericks Mowris Endowment Chair, at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Text by Carter Ratcliff, leading art critic and contributing editor of Art in America, whose writings have appeared in American and European Journals and in numerous museum publications.

The colorful geometric sculptures of Morton C. Bradley, Jr. (1912-2004), designed to be suspended from the ceiling, seem to float in the air like models of unknown, beautiful stars. As each sculpture slowly revolves, its intricate structure is transformed by a progression of colors that illuminate new aspects of its character. Bradley’s creations embody the mathematical structure of nature and the beauty of pure mathematics. In this lavishly illustrated first publication of Bradley’s remarkable body of work, bequeathed to Indiana University with which he had close ties, Lynn Gamwell explores the Harvard University milieu that gave rise to his artistic vision in the 1930s, his work as a painting conservator at the Fogg Museum, his study of music and mathematical patterning, and his founding of a workshop that fabricated these intricate handmade pieces, timelessly integrating pure Color and Form.

The magnificent artwork and uniquely Southern landscape of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art is celebrated in this book, complete with in-depth entries on artists including Henry Moore, Louise Bourgeois.

From its prehistoric origins to the conceptual modernity of the 20th century, sculpture has literally and figuratively molded the art world. Offering an integral vision of the evolution of forms across civilizations and epochs, 30 Centuries of Sculpture presents the masterpieces of sculpture that, with their intriguing silhouettes, have shaped the current notion of beauty. Sculptures can reflect an era, an artist, or his public; this gallery in high relief presents, with its numerous references, detailed commentaries on works, and biographies of artists, an open door to history and art, and an ideal guide for both students and neophytes.

One of the most important sculptors of his generation, Basque artist Eduardo Chillida (1924–2002) created monumental public sculptures that adorn buildings and public places worldwide. From Eulogy to the Horizon to Tolerance by Dialogue to the eighty-ton weathered steel work De Musica, which stands in front of the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Chillida’s work has enjoyed wide critical acclaim for its ability to convey tensions in space.
The first English-language book to consider Chillida’s entire career, Eduardo Chillida begins with the artist’s earliest work in Paris in the late 1940s and continues on to his return to the Basque Country, where he moved away from the clay and plaster studies of the human form that had been the focus of his work and began creating the large-scale metal sculptures for which he is best known. Among the most powerful of these metal works is Wind Combs, three segments of steel anchored to the rocks at the edge of the San Sebastian Bay. Later in his career, Chillida experimented with other media, including alabaster and wood. Also included in this book is a creative dialogue entered into in the 1960s with the German philosopher Martin Heidegger, who discovered an affinity with Chillida’s exploration of space.
Presented here are more than two hundred full-color images—selected by the artist’s son, Ignacio Chillida—that form a rich and varied exploration of the entire scope of Chillida’s career.-Amazon

Albert Paley: The Mastery of Metal at the Nan Miller Gallery

View work by metal sculptor Albert Paley at the Nan Miller Gallery. Paley is known for his metal work that is an integration of art and architecture. Originally trained as a goldsmith he now works in iron and steel. Some notable examples of his work can be seen Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, where he was commissioned to design the Portal Gates for the Renwick Gallery. His work can also be seen in Albany, NY where he designed Portal Gates for the New York State Senate Chambers in Albany and a 40-ton sculpture for Adobe Systems in San Jose, CA. He recently completed  “Sentinel,” A 72′ high, 120-ton sculpture at the Rochester Institute of Technology, his largest sculpture to date. Paley was a professor at RIT where he now holds an endowed chair. Additionally he was the first metal sculptor to receive the Institute Honors Award from the American Institute of Architects, the AIA’s highest award to a non-architect.

Items about Albert Paley at The Central Library. The first is a DVD the others are books and these are just some of the things in the collection there is more in the Arts Division.