The museum’s American sculpture collection is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the world. From works by such nineteenth-century masters as Hiram Powers, Edmonia Lewis, and Harriet Hosmer to turn-of-the-century bronzes by Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Paul Manship, sculpture provides insight into American history and values. Modern and contemporary works by Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi, Edward Kienholz, Deborah Butterfield, and Martin Puryear bring the collection up to the present moment.
Born and grew up in Vermont, later lived in Ohio before moving to Florence, Italy, in 1837.
Edmonia Lewis was the first sculptor of African American and Native American (Mississauga) descent to achieve international recognition. Her father was Black, and her mother was Chippewa (Ojibwa) Indian.
Encouraged by her father to pursue physical exercise after her mother and siblings died of tuberculosis, Hosmer had an active childhood in Massachusetts.
Sculptor who combined naturalism and monumentality in his works and was one of the best-known and influential sculptors of his day.
Sculptor. The country's most famous exponent of Art Deco, he embraced archaic vocabularies of Greek, Roman, and Indian art to create decorative, stylized, Neoclassical works.
Born in Russia, brought to Maine in 1905, lived in New York City starting in 1920. Internationally famous artist who created striking assemblages of found wooden forms, and sculptures in steel, aluminum, Plexiglass, and other materials.
One of the most important American sculptors working today, Martin Puryear (born 1941) is known for refined, handmade constructions, primarily in wood. Puryear's abstract forms, while evocative and familiar, elude specific or singular interpretations.