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 Jim Love  (1927 - 2005)

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Lived/Active: Texas      Known for: found object sculpture and assemblage

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Biography from Houston Center For Contemporary Art:
CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM HOUSTON SHOWCASES JIM LOVE’S
SCULPTURE IN HIS FIRST MAJOR MUSEUM EXHIBITION IN 20 YEARS
 
 
Nearly 200 Pieces of Houston Sculptor’s Work Celebrate the Art of Assemblage
 
HOUSTON (March 1, 2006) –Beginning April 22, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston will present Jim Love: From Now On, the first major museum exhibition in 20 years to focus on the work of the recently deceased Houston sculptor.  Organized by Senior Curator Lynn M. Herbert, the exhibition will be on view through July 2.
 
“The work of Jim Love is an example of the power of contemporary art to change our perception of the world.  In Love’s work, we find new and meaningful experiences in ostensibly mundane objects, materials, and images.  The artist’s inspired use of industrial materials to form new icons of the everyday has enriched the lives of many, and we are proud to honor his work and his memory with this exhibition,” said Contemporary Arts Museum Houston Director Marti Mayo.
 
Jim Love: From Now On is the first major exhibition of Love’s work in 20 years, bringing together nearly 200 works from 1957 to the present.  The exhibition will feature his early “put togethers” or assemblage work from the 1950s, his signature bears, birds, and dogs that take on life’s dilemmas, his range of work that explores flowers as a motif, his portraits, theatrical tableaux, and functional designs for furniture.
 
Love first gained national recognition in 1961 when his work was included in The Museum of Modern Art's groundbreaking exhibition The Art of Assemblage.  He began his career as an urban archaeologist of sorts, creating his early “put-together” sculptures out of items found in junkyards and later welding original forms of iron and steel.  He elevated ordinary objects to inventive and often amusing works of art through his use of the Surrealist- and Dada-influenced practice of assemblage, creating a body of work that includes oversized birds, jacks, and flowers as well as functional sculptures such as a chess set, coat racks, and chairs. 

Love was an important part of the early history of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, acting as a preparator and partner to Jermaine MacAgy, the institution’s first professional director, in the conceptualization, design and execution of several now legendary exhibitions of the 1960s.  He also sustained a long-time collaboration as an artist and designer with Houston collectors Jean and Dominique de Menil.
 
Known for his public commissions in Houston, such as Call Ernie (1985) at William P. Hobby Airport and Portable Trojan Bear (1974) in Hermann Park, Love’s work is also included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Dallas Museum of Art; The Menil Collection, Houston; and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Love was born in 1927 in Amarillo, Texas, and moved to Houston after his graduation from Baylor University, where he received a BBA (1952) in business administration.  The sculptor collaborated with exhibition curator Lynn Herbert on the retrospective before his untimely death in May 2005.
 
“Love’s greatest skill was his inspired ability to give new life to everyday objects. His works exude the quiet poetry of Joseph Cornell’s shadowboxes and the visionary inspiration found in Picasso’s found-object sculptures.  In Love’s work, one finds a unique combination of humor, poetry, refinement, and sympathy for human weakness,” said exhibition curator Herbert. “This exhibition is a testament to his artistic influence in Texas and across the U.S.”
 
The exhibition will be accompanied by a major catalogue containing essays by Herbert, book designer Don Quaintance, novelist Paula Webb, and artist Mel Chin.  It will also include reprinted comments by the late collector and art historian Dominique de Menil from an earlier publication, comprehensive reproductions of work included in the exhibition as well as of Love’s large-scale, public works, and complete documentation on his career.
 
A number of education programs for adults, families and schools will accompany the exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. 
 
EXHIBITION FUNDING AND SUPPORT
 
Jim Love: From Now On is made possible by major grants from Fayez Sarofim, Louisa Stude Sarofim, and Mr. and Mrs. Wallace S. Wilson. The exhibition has also received support from The Citigroup Private Bank, Joan Wich, and Union Pacific Foundation.
 
Exhibitions presented in The Brown Foundation Gallery are supported by the patrons, benefactors, and donors to the Museum's Major Exhibition Fund:


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