Bennington Museum Welcomes Sculptor Willard Boepple

Bennington Museum Welcomes Sculptor Willard Boepple

Bennington Museum Welcomes Sculptor Willard Boepple

Willard Boepple’s ‘The Woman Who Blamed Life on a Spaniard 5’ is one of the works to be included in his exhibition, opening Saturday, October 18, at the Bennington Museum.

Willard Boepple’s ‘The Woman Who Blamed Life on a Spaniard 5’
is one of the works to be included in his exhibition, opening Saturday, October 18, at the Bennington Museum.

On Saturday, October 18, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., sculptor Willard Boepple will be at the Bennington Museum to greet guests and discuss his work on exhibit in the outdoor courtyard and in his exhibition, ‘The Sense of Things: Sculpture by Willard Boepple,’ located in the John T. Harrison, Jr. Orientation Hall, on view through November 18. This gathering is free and the public is invited to attend.

The body of work created by Boepple has been hailed by art historian and critic Michael Fried as being “as original, elegant, and accomplished as that of any sculptor of his generation.” Working in the tradition of many of the great sculptors who preceded him at Bennington College – including David Smith, Anthony Caro and Jules Olitski – Boepple has gone on to create a body of work that is distinctly his own. Based on everyday objects and structures, his work is abstract and autonomous, probing the possibilities of three-dimensional form. This installation anticipates the first major monograph on the artist with a foreword by Fried, due out this November.

A Bennington native, Boepple studied art at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the University of California at Berkeley, RISD and The City University of New York before becoming an assistant in the sculpture department of Bennington College from 1969 to 1973. He has served on the faculty of the Boston Museum School and has traveled extensively in Africa as a US State Department Visiting Cultural Specialist. He lives and works in New York and Vermont and frequently in the United Kingdom. His work is in museums and public and private collections worldwide.

Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main Street, Route 9, Bennington. Visit benningtonmuseum.org or call 802-447-1571 for more information.