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Mark di Suvero

 (born 1933)
Mark di Suvero is active/lives in California, New York / China.  Mark di Suvero is known for large scale geometric sculpture, drawings.

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Mark di Suvero


Biography from the Archives of askART

Mark di Suvero is a sculptor, combining Abstract Expressionist instincts with assemblage techniques.  Born in Shanghai, China, where his father, an officer in the Italian navy, was stationed, he came to San Francisco in 1941.  After studying art from 1953 to 1957 at the University of California, he moved to New York City and became a predominant figure in establishing the Park Place, an early cooperative gallery.

Until the mid-1960s, di Suvero combined large weathered timbers, rope, wire, and found objects such as tires in large-scaled, open compositions without bases (Champion, 1960).  These works have been called the three-dimensional equivalents to paintings by Willem De Kooning and Franz Kline.

Due to severe injuries in 1960, di Suvero was forced to create smaller pieces using welded steel and wood.  He recovered within a few years and in the mid-1960s, he began to use "clean" rather than used materials.  In the mid-1960s he began combining sections of wooden beams and structured steel I-beams to create monumental sized outdoor abstract constructions (Falk, 1999).

In the 1970s, di Suvero began to integrate fewer components in his larger pieces, "so that they seem to be a strange and aggressive race of giants striding and cavorting on their slender steel supports across the land (Baigell, 1979)."  Several outdoor pieces can be seen at the Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, N.Y.

Source:
Matthew Baigell Dictionary of American Art, 1979
Peter Hastings Falk (Editor), Who Was Who in American Art, 1999
Monte, J. Mark di Suvero, exhibit. cat., WMAA
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Sculptor Mark di Suvero was awarded the 2005 Heinz Award for Arts and Humanities.

Source: ARTnews, September 2005


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About  Mark di Suvero

Born:  1933 - Shanghai, China
Known for:  large scale geometric sculpture, drawings

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