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Steeled Heart

Steeled Heart

Artforum

September 1, 2019

Beverly Pepper's tensile, totemic sculptures often register an acute sense of contingency. Over her nearly six-decade-long career—which has evaded recognition commensurate with her contributions to the development of public sculpture since its proliferation in the 1970s—the American-born, Italy-based artist has bodied forth a semiotics of flux, one playing out everywhere from the precarious angles of her cantilevered steel to her mutable surfaces of rusted iron.

New Orleans Museum of Art Sculpture Garden Reopens

New Orleans Museum of Art Sculpture Garden Reopens

ARTnews

May 15, 2019

The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, which is part of the New Orleans Museum of Art, reopened to the public on Wednesday after an 18-month expansion that added six acres to New Orleans City Park. The garden is now home to 27 sculptures, including works by Beverly Pepper, Teresita Fernández, Elyn Zimmerman, Larry Bell, Katharina Fritsch, Frank Gehry, Shirazeh Houshiary, Hank Willis Thomas, Fred Wilson, Yinka Shonibare, Pedro Reyes, and Ursula von Rydingsvard, among others.

Female Artists Show Strength at New York's Park Avenue Fair

Female Artists Show Strength at New York's Park Avenue Fair

Bloomberg

March 2, 2019

The push for women, with higher prices and wider exposure for their work, is palpable at the venerable show at the Park Avenue Armory, which runs through Sunday in New York. About a quarter of exhibitors are presenting solo and dual booths dedicated to female artists, long overshadowed and undervalued compared to men. The 96-year-old sculptor Beverly Pepper was the subject of Kayne Griffin Corcoran’s booth, which displayed her early, small-scale, abstract works in bronze, brass and steel.

Beverly Pepper

Beverly Pepper

Artillery Magazine

February 27, 2019

Beverly Pepper‘s renown for large-scale outdoor sculptures makes her lesser-known small works seem particularly fresh and intimate. “New Particles from the Sun” features 25 modestly-sized indoor sculptures, mostly on pedestals, and a larger one in the courtyard at Kayne Griffin Corcoran. With aluminum, brass and steel assuming lively appearances of pliancy, these underscore the skill with which Pepper has manipulated metal since the dawn of her career.

At 96, the Sculptor Beverly Pepper Is Only Now Getting Credit for Using Cor-Ten Steel Way Before Richard Serra

At 96, the Sculptor Beverly Pepper Is Only Now Getting Credit for Using Cor-Ten Steel Way Before Richard Serra

ArtNet News

February 25, 2019

When one thinks of an artist who works with massive, rusted Cor-ten steel, Richard Serra might be the first name to come to mind. But it was actually 96-year-old Beverly Pepper who was the first artist to work with the material, way back in 1964. “I’m the first person—the first artist in America—to use Cor-Ten,” Pepper told the Smithsonian Archives of American Art’s oral history project in 2009. “US Steel said to me—because, you know, they liked me. I was this good-looking kid—’Beverly, why don’t you try this new material we have. It’s Cor-Ten.'” From this simple suggestion sprang a lifetime of work, monumental sculptures that are naturally weather-resistant, with surfaces that oxidize, turning to rich shades of reddish brown, a layer of rust that fends off corrosion and protects the material from moisture. 

8 Must-See Gallery Shows, Pop-Ups, and Other Installations Happening Around Los Angeles This Week

8 Must-See Gallery Shows, Pop-Ups, and Other Installations Happening Around Los Angeles This Week

ArtNet News

February 13, 2019

Many of the city’s top galleries and museums are mounting some of their strongest shows this week. “New Particles from the Sun” is a collection of sculptures the 96-year-old American-born, Italy-based sculptor Beverly Pepper, made in the early part of her career, between 1958 and 1967.

Art in the Subway

Art in the Subway

Forever Young

February 2, 2019

One of my favorite works, installed at the University Station, is Beverly Pepper’s Vertical Presence-Grass Dunes. This exterior sculpture, resembling a drill bit, stands tall at the Main Street bus loop measuring 150 feet and is made of corten steel. Also known as weathering steel, the material is popular for outdoor sculpture works because, rather than deteriorating due to exposure, it forms a rust-like appearance and weathers well over time. In addition to the vertical drill bit, corten steel is seen rising and curving throughout the grassy plot. These curving lines contrast beautifully with the striking verticality of the drill bit and communicate harmoniously with the chosen site.

Beverly Pepper’s “New Particles from the Sun” at Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles

Beverly Pepper’s “New Particles from the Sun” at Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles

Blouin Artinfo

January 25, 2019

Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, is showcasing the gallery’s second solo exhibition of works by 96-year-old American-born, Italy-based sculptor Beverly Pepper. The exhibition highlights the work this great artist created early on in her career between 1958-1967. During this period, Pepper carved out a niche in her own signature sculptural language. In addition to early works, the exhibition includes works from later years: 1970-1980 and is on view through March 9, 2019.

Datebook: Beverly Pepper

Datebook: Beverly Pepper

LA Times

January 18, 2019

With a title inspired by a poem by Frank O’Hara, this exhibition explores the work produced by Pepper in the 1960s and 1970s. The artist, now 96, is known for producing ebullient forms in metal — a material alluded to in O’Hara’s poem, which harks to Greek mythology and the belief that metals were gifts of the gods.

Sixty years of drawings and prints by Beverly Pepper on view at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Sixty years of drawings and prints by Beverly Pepper on view at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Art Daily

February 6, 2018

Spanning seven decades of work, this extraordinary gift from Pepper, one of the pioneering Contemporary sculptors, includes hundreds of drawings, prints, works on paper and notebooks – many containing sketches of her major sculptural endeavors. This exhibition runs through April 19, 2018.

Exhibition planned from sculptor Beverly Pepper’s archives

Exhibition planned from sculptor Beverly Pepper’s archives

The Seattle Times

January 6, 2018

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in western Michigan is preparing to open an exhibition of sculptor Beverly Pepper’s print and drawing archives. “Drawn Into Form: Sixty Years of Drawings and Prints by Beverly Pepper ” will be on display for a few months starting Feb. 2 at the Grand Rapids attraction. 

Meijer Gardens Welcomes Beverly Pepper Exhibition

Meijer Gardens Welcomes Beverly Pepper Exhibition

GR Mag

December 22, 2017

The exclusive exhibition is the first public showing of the gift of Pepper’s expansive print and drawing archives that was given to Meijer Gardens in 2016 and 2017. The collection spans seven decades of work and includes hundreds of drawings, prints, works on paper and notebooks – many containing sketches of her major sculptural endeavors.

press: THE FIRST MAJOR SOLO EXHIBITION BY PIONEERING SCULPTOR BEVERLY PEPPER IN LOS ANGELES AT KAYNE GRIFFIN CORCORAN

purple diary

February 18, 2017

Press: Beverly Pepper and Charles Garabedian at their best

The Huffington Post/ KCRW

February 7, 2017

Press: Beverly Pepper- Selected Works 1968-2015

Artillery Magazine

January 26, 2017