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ISC Honors Red Grooms and Seward Johnson with Lifetime Achievement Award

Monday, January 28, 2019  
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International Sculpture Center Honors Red Grooms and Seward Johnson with Lifetime Achievement Award

The International Sculpture Center is proud to present the 2019 Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award to  world-renowned sculptors Red Grooms and Seward Johnson. The 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Gala will be held on April 18, 2019 at Tribeca 360 in New York City. The Gala will bring together artists, arts patrons, and professionals to celebrate the remarkable careers of these two exemplary artists, and will include a cocktail reception, seated dinner, and an awards ceremony, where Red Grooms and Seward Johnson will be in attendance.

Red Grooms was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1937 and has lived in New York for the past 60 years. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The New School in New York City, and at Hans Hoffman School of Fine Arts in Provincetown, MA. The work of Red Grooms has been exhibited widely since the 1960s. Since Ruckus Manhattan, his widely acclaimed exhibition at Marlborough Gallery in 1976, Grooms has staked his claim as one of America's most original, inventive, and popular artists. He has been honored with several important exhibitions including the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis, Tennessee in 2016; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT and Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, VT in 2013; Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY in 2008; the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY in 2003; National Academy of Design, New York, NY in 2001; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY in 1987; and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA in 1985. Grooms has received numerous awards and commissions throughout his career including the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the National Academy of Design in 2003.

 Artist Seward Johnson, whose lifelike bronze and monumental figures are familiar sights throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, is often hailed in the press as “America’s most popular sculptor.” During his over 50 years as a sculptor Johnson has made a significant impact on the landscape, and the world of public art. Today there are more than 300 works in cast bronze featured in public spaces, sculpture gardens, private collections and museums across the globe including in Rome, London, Paris, New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Berlin, Madrid, Kiev and Osaka. Johnson’s life-scale bronze tableaux inspired by the Impressionist canvases have graced the parks of Paris, and been featured in museums such as the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Jacksonville’s Cummer and New York’s Nassau County Museum among others. The pieces from his Icons Revisited series, both life-sized and monumental, have delighted viewers and art lovers in New York, Sydney, Dalian, China, Palm Springs, Chicago and elsewhere.
The International Sculpture Center's Board of Trustees established the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991 to recognize individual sculptors who have made exemplary contributions to the field of sculpture. Candidates for the award are masters of sculptural processes and techniques who have devoted their careers to the development of a laudable body of work, as well as to the advancement of the sculpture field as a whole. Past recipients include Magdalena Abakanowicz, Alice Aycock, Lynda Benglis, Fletcher Benton, Fernando Botero, Louise Bourgeois, Sir Anthony Caro, Elizabeth Catlett, John Chamberlain, Eduardo Chillida, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Tony Cragg, Mark di Suvero, Nancy Holt, Richard Hunt, Phillip King, William King, Manuel Neri, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Nam June Paik, Beverly Pepper, Judy Pfaff, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Giò Pomodoro, Robert Rauschenberg, George Rickey, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Betye Saar, George Segal, Joel Shapiro, Kiki Smith, Kenneth Snelson, Frank Stella, William Tucker, and Bernar Venet.


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