KENT, CT.- The Morrison Gallery
is set to open a comprehensive exhibition of renowned New York sculptor Donald Gummerʼs monumental sculptures on Saturday, October 12th from 5-7:00pm in the Main Gallery. The show, which marks Gummerʼs first with The Morrison Gallery, will be on view through November 17th.
Gummer, whose work has traditionally been associated with the modernist tradition of Constructivism, will show more than a dozen large-scale sculptures, including early painted wooden wall reliefs, and large columnar works in bronze, steel and painted aluminum. One of the artistʼs most recent bronze sculptures, titled Reaching Level (2013), stands in stark contrast to Broadway Villa, a painted wood wall-mounted abstraction from 1981. The exhibition has been featured in the September issue of Modern Painters magazine as one of the 100 Best Fall Shows.Long considered an outlier in American art, Gummer once said that itʼs easy to make work that the current art-fashion world demands of an artist, while Making a resolved piece of sculpture that has a spark of life is hard.
Art critic Peter Plagens responded to Gummerʼs comment and ouevre by stating, Not only resolved sculpture, but in the case of his work, subltely inventive work, deceptively relevant to the current precarious condition of sculpture, and indeed beautiful. Thatʼs the direction, in the end, where the sculpture of Don Gummer really went.
William Morrison, owner and director of the eponymous Morrison Gallery, said It is a privilege to introduce such a broad range of Mr. Gummerʼs most ambitious work as a whole, complete exhibition. In the same way that the artistʼs work is resolved, so is this show.
Don Gummer was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1946. He attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, and received an MFA from Yale University. Don has shown extensively across the country since the 1970s. His work can be found in many public spaces, including the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, OH; Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, Evansville, IN; Kitakyushu International Center, Japan; Mass MoCA in North Adams, MA; and the Meridian Street Plaza, Indianapolis, IN.