Celebrated Sculptor Albert Paley to Speak
Chesterwood announces a lecture by celebrated American sculptor Albert Paley on Saturday, July 19 at 4 p.m. The program will be presented in conjunction with ‘Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2014: Selected Works by Albert Paley,’ on view through October 13. Refreshments will be served at a reception following the lecture, and a cash bar will be available. Admission to the lecture and reception is $20, $10 for members. For reservations, call 413-298-3579, extension 25210, or email [email protected] Paley’s work spans a remarkable 50 year career. His studio is based in Rochester, N.Y., where he has worked for more than 30 years. One of the world’s most acclaimed and prolific sculptors, Paley is also an international lecturer and is widely published. He is the first metal sculptor to receive the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Institute of Architects, the AIA’s highest award to a non-architect. Commissioned by both public institutions and private corporations, Paley has completed more than 50 site-specific works. Some notable examples reside at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC; Philadelphia; and the New York State Senate Chambers in Albany. Paley’s work is also in the permanent collections of over 30 national and international museums. ‘Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2014: Selected Works by Albert Paley’ features 11 abstract sculptures, primarily large-scale works. Paley was initially an academic sculptor who studied and created figurative sculpture. “What engages us with figurative sculpture is our sense of identity with and empathy for the human form. With abstract sculpture, when the scale is human or larger, it becomes about the sculpture in relation to the viewer’s body. It’s an emotional relationship and a response to form. My work deals with the complexity and the interactivity of form, light and shadow, and its relationship to place,” Paley said.
Chesterwood is located at 4 Williamsville Road in Glendale, Mass., near Stockbridge. A site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, it was the summer home of America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French (1850 to 1931), best known for his sculpture of the seated figure of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. For more information, visit