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deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Presents Exhibition Andy Goldsworthy: Snow

June 27, 2011

The exhibition includes snow-related works by the artist (photographs, video, drawings), research about ice harvesting in New England, as well as his proposal drawings for Snow House.

LINCOLN, MA.- The exhibition Andy Goldsworthy: Snow will be on view at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum through December 31, 2011. This spring, deCordova announced it had approved a proposal from the internationally renowned sculptor Andy Goldsworthy for a commissioned work called Snow House. deCordova has organized the exhibition Andy Goldsworthy: Snow in order to raise awareness and the funding necessary to bring the proposed work to fruition. The exhibition includes snow-related works by the artist (photographs, video, drawings), research about ice harvesting in New England, as well as his proposal drawings for Snow House.

In 2009, deCordova changed its name to deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum to emphasize its renewed focus on sculpture. Major fundraising efforts to support this new vision were launched and have been helped by the establishment of the Hamilton R. James Sculpture Park Acquisition Fund. This $1,000,000 challenge grant is aimed at encouraging others to support deCordova’s goal of bringing important new works by internationally recognized artists to the Park. In March 2010 deCordova acquired its first work by an international sculptor, Antony Gormley’s Reflection II, displayed in the Museum’s front entrance. This summer, deCordova will install the recently acquired post-industrial glass-and-steel outdoor pavilion by conceptual artist Dan Graham, Crazy Spheroid – Two Entrances.

The acquisition of Snow House would qualify deCordova as the only institution in New England to have a major site-specific outdoor installation by Andy Goldsworthy, advancing deCordova’s goal to become one of the nation’s premier sculpture parks by 2020. Goldsworthy is best known in the United States for his permanently installed works at the Storm King Art Center (Storm King Wall, 1997-98) and at the National Gallery of Art, (Roof, 2003-2005).

“To work with Andy Goldsworthy, one of the world’s most beloved sculptors, is a transformative opportunity for deCordova,” says Director Dennis Kois. “Not only would Snow House secure deCordova’s place as a leader in sculpture, but it would also give a unique gift to the community at large: the possibility of experiencing this landmark project for generations to come. We look forward to working with our friends and supporters—old and new —to bring this project to life.”

Snow House
British artist Andy Goldsworthy is perhaps the most widely recognized sculptor working today. Since the late 1970s, he has created visually and emotionally arresting works of art made almost exclusively with natural materials—sticks, leaves, flowers, trees, rain, snow, ice, mud, pebbles, boulders, etc. —often ephemeral, sometimes permanent. His work in sculpture, installation, photography, drawing, video, and performance is an ongoing dialogue with nature, landscape, time, history, ritual, and labor.

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