Wedge/Arc

Fletcher Benton was born in 1931 in Jackson, Ohio. He began studying art at a very young age and developed a great interest in sign painting. In 1945, at age 14, he opened his own sign shop with a friend and held his first exhibition. He enrolled as a premed student at the University of Miami in Oxford. Ohio, but soon switched to art. He dropped out his junior year, but returned to receive his B.F.A. in 1956. Fletcher Benton's work has explored and ranged over several areas. Benton considered himself a painter and his first works were exactly that. He then moved on to kinetic art. In 1974 he abandoned that field and moved into large piece sculpture in bronze. By 1978, he moved into working with welded steel. In 1979, he was given an award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters for his outstanding contribution to sculpture. Most of his sculptures are series.

As with much of Fletcher Benton's work, "Wedge Arc", one of the Balanced/Unbalanced series, deals with the precariousness of geometric elements placed in an attitude of tension somewhere between balance and imbalance. Fletcher Benton comments, "This potential towards imbalance implies the sense of the fourth dimension of time in relation to space."

Selected Permanent Collections
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
University Art Museum, Berkeley, California
Oakland Museum, Oakland, California
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
Rockefeller Collection, New York
University of California Sculpture Garden, Los Angeles, California
The Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
La Jolla Museum of Art, La Jolla, California
Kroller-Muller Museum and Sculpture Garden, Otterlo, The Netherlands
Aldrich Foundation Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut
Banque Lambert, Brussels
Cedar-Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, California
Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
New Orleans Museum of Modern Art, New Orleans, Louisiana
City of Offenbach, West Germany
San Jose State University Sculpture Garden, San Jose, California
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California
de Saisset Museum, University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California
Stanford University Museum of Art, Stanford, California
Federal Reserve Bank San Francisco, California
Civic Center Art Gallery, Walnut Creek, California
IBM Collection, Los Angeles, California
IBM Collection, New York, New York
IBM Collection, Boca Raton, Florida
Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, California
Klingspor Museum, Offenbach, West Germany
Klienwefers, Krefeld, West Germany
Miami University Sculpture Garden, Oxford, Ohio
Finch College Museum, New York, New York
Roy R. Neuberger Museum, State University of New York, Purchase, New York
Oakland Museum Sculpture Park, Oakland, California