Beverly Pepper was born in New York Cityin 1924. She studied at the Pratt Institute and the Art Students League in New York, and with Fernand Leger and Andre L'Hote in Paris. She painted from 1949 to 1960, then turned to sculpture. Living in Italysince 1951, she divides her time between Todi, Italy and New York City. The work of Beverly Pepper concerns itself with what has been of fundamental urgency for the art of our time: The involvement with organic form and the concept of space as a continuum. Her prominent position in the fiercely competitive arena of contemporary American sculpture defies the triple odds of her sex, European residence and stylistic independence.
Her work convinces because of its high level of quality. The ability to partake in an environment, and to have the environment mirrored on and within the work, to endlessly explore new materials and concepts, reflect that special phenomenon of an artist such as Beverly Pepper who celebrates the pleasures of creating and of existence. The sculpture by Beverly Pepper was commissioned by Sondra and Marvin Smalley and fabricated in Todi Italyin 1975. It was gifted by them in October, 2000.
Selected Commissions and Installations
1962 Spoleto , Italy, Festival dei Due Mondi: Icarus. Stainless steel, 18' high.
1963 New York, William Kaufman Company, U.S.Plywood Building: Contrappunto. Stainless steel, 18' high.
1964 Rehovoth, Israel, Weizmann Institute: Kennedy Memorial. Stainless steel and basalt, 30' high.
1966 Memphis, Southland Mall: Strands of Mirror. Stainless steel, 231/2' high.
1969 Atlanta: Flags Over Georrgia, Torre. Stainless steel, 10' high .
1971 Boston, Government Center: Sudden Presence. Cor-Ten steel, 21 1/2' long.
1971 Dallas, North Park : Land Canal-Hillside. Cor-Ten steel and planting, 300' long.
1972 New York, G. Oestreicher Company: Paraclete. Cor-Ten steel, 16' x 9' x 21'
1973 Albany , New York, Albany Mall: Campond. Stainless steel, 7'8" x 16'8" x 4'2"
1973 Rome, Carlo Palazzi: Alpha (Wall sculpture). Cor-Ten steel, 14' long.
1974 New York StateCouncil on the Arts, New York StateAward, Sculpture. Stainless steel, edition of 10.
1974 Reynolds Metals Company, R.S. Reynolds Memorial Award, Sculpture. Aluminum, edition of 2.
1975 Philadelphia, Federal Reserve Bank: Diogenes. Painted steel, 62' long. (in progress)
1975 San Diego, San Diego Federal Building: Excalibur. painted steel, 35' x 45' x 45'. (in progress).
1975 Bedminster , New Jersey, A T& T: Amphisculpture Concrete and ground covering, 200' diameter. (in progress).
1975 Hanover , New Hampshire, Dartmouth College: Prometheus. Cor-Ten steel and ground covering, 8' x 38'. (in progress).