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"Retrospective for American Sculptor H.C. Westermann"
2002-02-14 until 2002-05-12
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Washington, DC, USA

H.C. Westermann, the first posthumous retrospective for this American sculptor (1922-1981), who created highly personal, exquisitely crafted constructions and assemblages in wood, metal and found objects at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue at Seventh Street S.W. in Washington DC.

On tour from its summer 2001 premiere at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago, this exhibition of over 130 works includes Westermann's images of houses, ships, towers, boxes, robots, coffins, surreal landscapes, and toy-like figurines with frequent references to war and death, consumer culture and art, literature and film. It travels to Los Angeles and Houston after closing in Washington.

Lynne Warren and Michael Rooks, the MCA's co-curators of the exhibition, will discuss H.C. Westermann's work in a Curators' Dialogue on the opening day at 12:30 p.m. in the Hirshhorn's Ring Auditorium. Another speaker, curator Robert Storr of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, will present his lecture, A Country Gone Nuts: Westermann's America at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10. Both programs are free.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Westermann saw action during World War II in the South Pacific and then Korea before becoming an artist in Chicago. He established his reputation there and moved to Connecticut where he continued to work through the 1960's and 70's. Westermann was an important inspiration for artists such as Bruce Nauman and William T. Wiley and movements like the Chicago Imagists and West Coast Funk Artists, but he remained steadfastly outside the mainstream, peppering his two and three dimensional work with enigma, puns, salty humor, vernacular allusions, and unexpected anthropomorphic imagery.

IMAGE:
H.C. Westermann
Brinkship, 1958-59


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