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Don Gummer

Don Gummer

Introduction by John Yau
Contributions by Peter Plagens
Contributions by Linda Wolk-Simon


  • The first major survey on one of the most important sculptors of our time
  • A richly illustrated monograph that brings to life the multifaceted approach and diversity of working with stone, steel, cables, and wood
Full Description

Don Gummer’s career as a sculptor began in New York City in the late 1970s with his wall reliefs of painted wood, carefully layered geometric works exhibiting a strong architectural influence. Moving beyond wood to stone, bronze, stainless steel, aluminum, and glass as his primary materials, his artworks have evolved into subtly inventive, often monumental, freestanding sculptures that demonstrate his unfailing attention to craftsmanship and detail. This new monograph is the first survey on the artist and his highly acclaimed body of work.

Gummer has described his interest in sculpture as “the recontextualization of natural phenomena, of unaltered things brought into aesthetic balance by choosing and placing.” Using balance, proportion, and his unique sense of harmony, the artist makes durable materials seem almost buoyant. Negative space is an intrinsic element in his work, imparting a sense that his exquisite, seemingly permanent forms are ultimately as fleeting as any of nature’s creations would be.

The artist’s works can be found in many public collections including the Butler Institute of American Art; the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art; and the Chase Manhattan. He has received awards from prestigious organizations such as the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he was Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome.

About the Author

Peter Plagens is an artist, art critic, and novelist. He currently writes about art for the Wall Street Journal and ArtForum magazine. Linda Wolk-Simon was a curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, head of the Department of Drawings and Paintings at The Morgan Library & Museum, chief curator at Fairfield University’s Art Museum, and is currently a visiting professor at The Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. John Yau is an American poet and critic. He currently teaches art history and criticism at Mason Gross School of Arts, Rutgers University, and has published books on poetry, fiction, and art.

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Artist Book Foundation
16th Nov 2021
USA & Canada
11 in x 12.25 in
280 Pages
223 color, 15 b&w
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