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 Robert Grosvenor  (1937 - )

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Sculptor Robert Grosvenor was born in New York City in 1937. He studied painting at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Dijon, France (1956), the Ecole Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in France and the Universita di Perugia in Italy. In 1960 he settled in Philadelphia, where he began to sculpt cantilevered forms in plywood and metal.

During the formative years of Minimalism he began exhibiting his work and was included in exhibitions that defined the movement alongside artists like Donald Judd and Dan Flavin.

By the mid-1960s, he had become an important Minimalist, recognized for his arrangements of simple forms responsive to the environment of the surrounding gallery or loft space.

In 1962, he and nine other artists founded the cooperative Park Place Gallery. In the late 1960s, he received two large commissions for outdoor sites, one on a cliff in Newport, Rhode Island, and the other in Long Island Sound, off the coast of Bryam, Connecticut.

Unlike the works of other Minimalists, Grosvenor's seemed to defy gravity, bringing into question the physical balance of forms. After 1965, his interest in architectural space extended to the outdoors, where he even worked with the ocean as a foil for pieces anchored offshore.

After 1972, he began to use weathered timbers, often single pieces, placed on the floor. Unlike his earlier works, these do not relate to enclosed spaces, nor do they question gravity as an essential factor in sculpture. Rather, they are alien objects, brought in to confront a space psychologically rather than primarily visually.

"Grosvenor evolved away from the ideologies of pure Minimalism towards a more expressive visual language that is grounded in the real world. His sculptures are often arranged as abstract, geometric compositions imbued with complex metaphorical content" (Carnegie).


Source: Matthew Baigell, "Dictionary of American Artists"

Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"

Carnegie Museum of Art, www.cmoa.org

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