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Nike

1964 Kenneth Campbell Born: West Medford, Massachusetts 1913 Died: New York, New York 1986 gray marble overall: 42 x 9 1/2 x 12 1/4 in. (106.7 x 24.2 x 31.2 cm.) top: 23 7/8 x 9 1/2 x 12 1/4 in. (60.7 x 24.2 x 31.2 cm.) base: 21 5/8 x 7 1/2 x 8 3/4 in. (55.0 x 19.1 x 22.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1986.6.13A-B Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 50A


Luce Center Quote

“I . . . give to each stone an awareness of its own sense of gravity, making it seem as mobile as I am.” Kenneth Campbell speaking in 1962, University of Kentucky Art Gallery Exhibition Catalogue, 1967

Luce Center Label

Kenneth Campbell “sees” the final image within each piece of stone before starting to work, and rarely deviates from this initial idea. He never uses power tools, but prefers to have direct contact with the materials. Campbell manipulates the stone to give an appearance of weightlessness, by balancing huge pieces at apparently impossible angles. Nike may have been inspired by the Winged Victory of Samothrace, a Hellenistic Greek sculpture that depicts the goddess Nike as she descends from flight.

Keywords

Abstract

Allegory - other - triumph

Mythology - classical - Nike

sculpture

stone - marble

About Kenneth Campbell

Born: West Medford, Massachusetts 1913 Died: New York, New York 1986