Nike

  • Kenneth Campbell, Nike, 1964, gray marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.13A-B

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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.

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“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

Title
Nike
Artist
Date
1964
On View
Dimensions
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.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

Mediums
Mediums Description
gray marble
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
  • Mythology – classical – Nike
  • Allegory – other – triumph
Object Number
1986.6.13A-B
Palette
Linked Open Data
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