Daily Plant Masthead

Volume XXIV, Number 4920
Wednesday, Apr 01, 2009

James Surls Blossoms On Park Avenue

The New York City Parks Public Art Program and the Fund for Park Avenue Sculpture Committee is pleased to present a spring exhibition of Colorado artist James Surls. Through July 1, seven of Surls’ large-scale bronze and stainless steel sculptures will blossom along the Park Avenue Malls from 50th Street to 57th Street.

“James Surls on Park Avenue continues a tradition of great public art along one of the world’s most famous boulevards,” said Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe. “I would like to thank the Park Avenue Sculpture Committee for bringing this exciting artist to New York City. Residents and visitors alike are sure to appreciate Surls’ grand sculptures that will bloom along Park Avenue, just in time for spring.”

James Surls is an internationally renowned artist known for creating monumental wood and metal sculptures. Based on natural forms, Surls’ constructions are created using his own iconic imagery of diamonds, vortexes, needles and flowers. Surls’ repetition of forms has created a personal visual language of his own, making each sculpture both a unique work and part of interconnected series.

Born in East Texas, James Surls has been based in Colorado since 1998. His artwork has appeared in numerous international and national solo and group exhibitions. He has works in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum, Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art. Surls was instrumental in bringing a national spotlight to East Texas, where he worked and lived from 1977-1997, in part by becoming the founding director of the Lawndale Annex, a dynamic alternative space. Surls was given the Living Legend Award by the Dallas Visual Art Center in 1993 and is currently represented by the Charles Cowles Galley, the Gerald Peters Gallery and the Barbara Davis Gallery.

Parks & Recreation’s temporary public art program has consistently fostered the creation and installation of temporary public art in parks throughout the five boroughs. Since 1967, collaborations with arts organizations and artists have produced hundreds of public art projects in New York City parks. Committed to the exhibition of art by emerging and established artists, Parks & Recreation has supported projects ranging from international exhibitions in flagship parks to local, community works in neighborhood parks, playgrounds, and traffic islands. This is the 12th art installation on Park Avenue since 2000.

Special thanks to the Fund for Park Avenue, the Grand Central Partnership and the Gerald Peters Gallery.


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