Clement Meadmore

Robin Gibson Gallery is the authorised Australian agent for The Meadmore Foundation

New consignment from the Meadmore Foundation
22 July – 16 August 2017

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Clement Meadmore

Clench 1972 bronze 48×61×63.5cm

Clement Meadmore (February 9, 1929 – April 19, 2005) was born in Melbourne. The impulse towards art seems to have come from his mother, Mary Agnes Ludlow Meadmore, a Scotswoman who had lived in Australia from the time she was a small child. As a boy, Meadmore was strongly impressed by his mother’s interest in the work of an uncle, Jesse Jewhurst Hilder (1881 – 1916), an Australian watercolorist in the style of Corot. She also instilled an interest in ballet and, first among artists, Edgar Degas. It is tempting to see in this early exposure to Degas the seeds of Meadmore’s mature work, which frequently suggest the stress and strains of bodily motion. He originally studied aeronautical engineering at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia. After graduating in 1949, he designed furniture until 1953 when his first sculpture of welded steel was offered for sale. In 1953 he travelled to England, France and Germany, then in 1959 visited Japan.

While a young artist, his work was highly regarded and he was awarded a number of exhibitions, including several one-person shows in Melbourne and Sydney, where he lived from 1960. Meadmore moved to New York in 1963 at the age of 34 and later became a United States citizen. With the exception of a year spent in Australia, as photo editor for Vogue magazine, Meadmore has lived and worked in New York.

In his sculpture, Meadmore endows a single form with clarity and rigor, while at the same time conveys the complexity, expressiveness and dynamics of classic modernist sculpture which underlies Meadmore’s pursuit of a gestural or “drawn” character for his sculpture. Aside from matters of proportion, his work acquires a monumental scale and a mode of address that is engaged in rather than detached from the frankly public, occasionally heroic voice it adopts.

In a typical sculpture by Clement Meadmore, a single, rectangular volume repeatedly twists and turns upon itself before lunging into space, as if in a mood of aspiration or exhilaration, or simply to release physical forces held in tension. Meadmore’s works have always fused elements of Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism. Since Meadmore’s sculptures are often large, this impression of effortless physical grace is simultaneously underscored and called into question through the fluid signature like immediacy of their physicality.

The combination of Minimalism’s ascendancy in the 1960’s and its uncompromising reductiveness precipitated a kind of crisis of values for Meadmore, giving him the resolve to move beyond Minimalism by establishing a set of variant aesthetic terms to work with and against. Indeed, despite superficial similarities with minimalism including, their formal clarity, their basis in geometry, their preference for smooth, uninflected surfaces, and, above all in their penchant for single, unitary forms – Meadmore’s sculptures express ideas and feelings beyond their factual presence. Unlike the minimalists, Meadmore never begins with an idea developed in advance. His compositions are arrived at intuitively.

Meadmore has said, “I am interested in geometry as a grammar which, if understood, can be used with great flexibility and expressiveness.” But Meadmore has gone farther. His starting point was geometry, a language or “grammar” that is both rigorously structured and conceptual in nature – a construct of the mind – and therefore intangible. He has evolved a method that has transformed geometry into something pliant and plastic. In his hands geometry has acquired an expressive suppleness and materiality more typical of such conventional and palpable media as wood and clay. To borrow his own phrase, Meadmore has in his work “transcended geometry,” thus placing the stamp of his individual vision on one of the primary modes of twentieth century art.

Meadmore has explored variations of elongated, squared metal tubes in a majority of his works. In the mid-1970s, his sculptures became more complex; the single bar divided, moving into multiple directions while the surfaces remained understated, painted a matte black or left to rust. “Offshoot” is an example of that development, as a single, squared tube twists upward to join a massive horizontal section which then divides and turns once more. An illusion of lightness is created as the dark horizontal piece balances effortlessly in spite of its weight and length of twenty-four feet.

Meadmore is represented in collections at major museums in Australia, as well as at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum and others in the United States and Japan. Large-scale sculptures have been installed on college campuses throughout the USA, including Princeton University. In his spare time, Meadmore liked to play the drums and to make jazz with his friends.

Clement Meadmore died in New York City on April 19, 2005

Clement Meadmore

1929–2005

1929 born in Melbourne
1948–49 Studied industrial design at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
1953 Travelled to England, France and Germany
1959 Visited Japan
1960 Moved to Sydney
1963 Moved to New York
1976 Became a United States citizen
2002 Doctor of Arts, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne
2005 died in New York

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
2011 Marlborough Chelsea Gallery, New York City, NY, USA
2011 David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan, USA
2010 Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco CA USA
2009 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
2007 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
2005 Geometry Transcended, Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
2004 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
2004 The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, United States.
2004 New Sculptures, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2003 Century Club, New York, New York, United States.
2002 Butler Institute of American Art, Trumbull, Ohio
2001 Marlborough Chelsea, New York City
2000 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
2000 Galerie Salis & Vertes, Salzburg, Austria
1997 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
1997 Marianne Friedland Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
1995 Marianne Friedland Gallery, Naples, Florida
1995 Marianne Friedland Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1994 Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit
1994 David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee
1989 Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit
1989 Sound Shore Gallery, Stamford, Connecticut
1989 Contemporary Sculpture Centre, Tokyo
1989 David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee
1988 International Monetary Fund, Washington, D.C.
1988 Ingber Gallery, New York
1987 Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
1986 David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee
1986 White Plains Library, New York
1983 Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit
1983 Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York City
1982 Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan
1981 Albuquerque Museum, New Mexico
1981 Amarillo Art Center, Texas
1980 J.B.Speed Art Museum, Louisville
1980 Davenport Art Gallery, Iowa
1980 Jacksonville Art Museum, Florida
1980 Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio
1979 The New Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cleveland
1979 Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago
1979 David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee
1979 Hoshour Gallery, Albuquerque
1978 Hamilton Gallery of Contemporary Art, New York City
1978 Suzette Schochet Gallery, Newport, Rhode Island
1978 Ruth S.Schaffner Gallery, Los Angeles
1978 Sunne Savage Gallery, Boston
1978 Irving Galleries, Palm Beach, Florida
1978 Michael Berger Gallery, Pittsburgh
1977 Hamilton Gallery of Contemporary Art, New York City
1977 Suzette Schochet Gallery, Newport, Rhode Island
1977 Ruth S.Schaffner Gallery, Los Angeles
1976 Louisiana Gallery, Houston
1976 King Pitcher Gallery, Pittsburgh
1976 Olympia Gallery, Philadelphia
1975 Rice University, Houston
1975 University of Texas, Austin
1974 Galerie Denise Rene/Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany.
1973 Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York
1973 Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit
1972 Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit
1972 Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York City
1972 Gallery A, Sydney, Australia
1971 Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York City
1971 Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago
1970 Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York City
1969 Australian Sculpture Centre, Canberra, Australia
1969 Byron Gallery, New York City
1968 Byron Gallery, New York City
1967 Byron Gallery, New York City
1962 Terry Clune Gallery, Sydney
1962 Gallery A, Melbourne
1960 Clune Galleries, Sydney
1959 Gallery A, Melbourne
1954 Brummels Gallery, Melbourne
1951 First solo exhibition, Melbourne

Selected Group Exhibitions

1996-ongoing Annual Sculpture Surveys, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
2011 ‘Here in Spirit’ with Elwyn Lynn, Oliffe Richmond & Bryan Westwood, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
2008 Galerie Salis & Vertes, Salzburg at Cologne Art Fair
2001 Koussevitzky Art Gallery, Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA
2000 Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York
2000 Hillwood Art Museum, Brookville, New York
2000 Cooper Union, New York City
1999 Century Club, New York City
1998 Century Club, New York City
1997 Century Club, New York City
1997 Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, Hamilton, Ohio
1997 Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey
1996 Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York City
1995 Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York City
1994 Sound Shore Gallery, Stamford, Connecticut
1994 Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York City
1993 Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York City
1993 Chelsea Harbour Sculpture 93, London
1992 Andre Emmerich Gallery,New York City
1992 Gloria Luria Gallery,Miami,Florida
1992 American Abstract Artists,Edwin A.Ulrich Museum of Art,Wichita,Kansas
1991 Andre Emmerich Gallery,New York City
1989 ACA Gallery,New York City
1989 Andre Zarre Gallery,New York City
1989 Sound Shore Galley,Stamford,Connecticut
1987 The Gallery at Hastings-on-Hudson, New York
1985 School of Visual Arts, New York City
1984 Contemporary Sculpture,Toledo, Ohio
1984 Dubelle Gallery, New York City
1983 “Bronze in Washington Square”, Washington DC
1981 “Sculpture Outside”, Cleveland, Ohio
1978 Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts
1978 Living Sculpture, OK Harris Gallery, NewYork City
1977 Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh
1977 Project – New Urban Monuments, Akron, Ohio
1976 ‘Twenty-fifth Anniversary Exhibition’ Society of Sculptors & Associates, Sculpture Centre, Sydney
1976 Super Sculpture, New Oleans
1976 Lehman College, New York City
1975 Outdoor Show, Houston
1975 Winter Exhibition, Joseph Brown Gallery, Melbourne
1974 ’50 Years of the National Art School’ Bonython Gallery, Sydney
1974 ‘Gifts from Patrick White’ Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
1974 ‘Monumenta I’, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
1974 ‘Invitational Sculpture ‘74’, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
1973 Whitney Museum Annual, New York City
1973 “The City is for the People”, Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego
1973 “Sculpture off the Pedestal”, Grand Rapids, Michigan
1973 ’4 Artists from Max Hutchinson Gallery New York’, Gallery A, Sydney
1973 ‘Realities Sculpture Survey’ Realities Gallery & Como, Melbourne
1973 ‘Contemporary Australian Painting & Sculpture 1973’ New Zealand
1972 ‘Penhallow’ mixed exhibition, Castlecrag, Sydney
1972 ‘Australian Sculpture’ John Gild Galleries, Perth, Western Australia
1972 Washington Heights Out door Sculpture Project, New York City
1971 ‘Monumental Sculpture’ Boston, Mass, USA
1971 ‘Recent Australian Art’ Travelling Exhibition, Papua New Guinea
1971 ‘Connoisseurs Collection’ Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Melbourne
1971 ‘Winter Exhibition’ Joseph Brown Gallery, Melbourne
1971 “Sculpture in the Parks”, New Jersey
1971 ‘International Sculpture Symposium’ Burlington, Vermont, USA
1970 ‘Australian Art Today’ Albert Hall, Canberra, touring in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand & Philippines
1970 ‘Spring Exhibition’ Joseph Brown Gallery, Melbourne
1970 ‘The Australian Irresistibles 1930 – 1970s’ Bonython Gallery, Sydney
1970 ‘The Seventies Exhibition’ Gallery A, Melbourne
1970 ‘Monumental Art’ Cincinnati,Ohio
1970 ’7 Outside’, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
1969 Whitney Museum Annual, New York City
1969 Rockefeller Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York City
1969 Mexican Olympics Outdoor Sculpture, Mexico City, Mexico
1969 Byron Gallery, New York City
1969 Two man show with John Coburn, Australian Sculpture Gallery, Canberra
1968 ‘Pan Pacific Arts Festival’ Art Galleries of Wellington, Auckland & Dunedin, New Zealand
1968 ‘The Field’ National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne & Art Gallery of NSW Sydney
1968 Whitney Museum Annual, New York City
1968 Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey USA
1968 Larry Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut USA
1968 Riverside Museum, New York City
1967 Guggenheim International, New York City & Canada
1967 ‘Sculpture of the Month’ Central Park, New York
1967 ‘Riverside Music Group Show’ New York
1966 ‘Opening Exhibition of 35 Sculptors’ Australian Sculpture Centre, Canberra, Australia
1965 ‘Recent Trends in Australian Art’ Rudy Komon Gallery, Sydney
1965 ‘Sixth Anniversary Exhibition’ Rudy Komon Gallery, Sydney
1965 ‘Box Show’ Byron Gallery, New York
1964-65 ‘Recent Australian Sculpture’ all State Galleries of Australia
1964 ‘Selection from the Rudy Komon Collection’ Gallery A, Melbourne
1964 Fischback Group Show, New York
1962 ‘Four Arts in Australia’ Official Australian Sculpture Exhibition traveling throughout South East Asia
1962 ‘Models & Designs of Sculpture’ Reserve Bank of Australia, Sydney
1962 ‘Survey 2’ Farmers Blaxland Gallery, Sydney
1962 ‘Sydney 9’ with Olsen, Rapotec, Upward & Rose, Sydney and Melbourne
1961 International Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture, Musee Rodin, Paris
1961 Mildura Prize for Sculpture, Mildura Art Gallery, Victoria
1961 ‘Sydney 9’ David Jones Art Gallery, Sydney
1961 ‘Sydney 9’ Gallery A, Melbourne
1961 ‘Sculpture’ Eastside Gallery, Melbourne
1961 ‘Sculpture in Sydney’ Society of Sculptors & Associates, David Jones Art Gallery, Sydney
1961 ‘Sydney 9 Exhibit’ Farmers Blaxland Gallery, Sydney
1961 Victorian Sculptors’ Society & Council of Adult Education Traveling Exhibition, ‘‘Sculpture Today’
1960 Contemporary Art Society (SA), Charles Birk Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
1960 Chadstone Shopping Centre Sculpture Competition, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1960 Contemporary Australian Art, Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand
1960 Two man show with Peter Upwood, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
1960 Anniversary Exhibition, Farmers Blaxland Gallery, Sydney
1960 Group Exhibition, Eastside Gallery, Melbourne
1960 ‘Sydney 9’ with Olsen, Rapotec, Upward & Rose, Sydney and Melbourne
1960 ‘Sculpture Today’ Victorian Sculptors Society, Melbourne
1959 43 Dalgety Strret Melbourne, inaugural exhibition ‘Outset’ painting & sculpture
1959 ‘Recent Australian Sculpture’ toured all state galleries
1959 Baillieu Library Mural Competition, Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
1959 Victorian Sculptors Society, Farmers Blaxland Gallery, Sydney
1959 Victorian Sculptors Society, Victorian Artists Society Galleries, Melbourne
1959 Two man show with Boyd Turner, Gallery A, Melbourne
1959 ANZCICD Festival Art Exhibition, Victorian Artists Society Galleries, Melbourne
1959 Italian Government Sculpture Competition, Nation Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1959 Mixed Exhibition of Sculpture, Brighton High School, Melbourne
1958 ‘Society of Sculptors & Associates’ David Jones Art Gallery, Sydney
1958 ‘Retrospect Five Years’ Victorian Artists Society Galleries, Melbourne
1958 Two man show with Peter Upward, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
1957 ‘Nine Sculptors’ Peter Bray Gallery, Melbourne
1957 ‘Twelve Melbourne Sculptors’ Brummels Gallery, Melbourne
1956 Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne, Arts Festival, Olympic Games, Melbourne
1955 Third Herald Outdoor Art Show, Treasury Gardens, Melbourne
1954 RMIT, Melbourne Australia ‘A Tribute to Harold Brown’

Collections

Adachi Outdoor Sculpture Collection, Japan
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
The Art Institute of Chicago
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Atlantic Richfield Oil Company
Australian Club, Sydney
Australian Mutual Provident Society
Benala Art Gallery, Victoria
Besen Sculpture Park, Melbourne, Australia
Butler Institute of American Art, Trumbull, OH
Hale Boggs Federal Building, New Orleans
Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Michigan
Bradley Collection, Milwaukee
Chase Manhattan Bank
City of New York
Cleveland Museum of Art
Columbia University, New York City
Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio
Cororcan Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Davenport Municipal Art Gallery, Iowa
Detroit Institute of Art, Michigan
Developers Diversified, Moreland Hills, Ohio
Dennos Museum, Traverse City, Michigan
Fukuoka City, Japan
Gallaudet College,Washington, D.C.
Geelong Art Gallery, Victoria
Greycoat-Hanover Associates, New York City
Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey
Hale Boggs Federal Building, New Orleans
Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas
Kitz Building, Makuhari, Japan
Lake Fairfax Business Centre, Reston, Virginia
Libbey-Owens-Ford, Toledo, Ohio
Linclay Corporation, Cincinnati, Ohio
McAuley Health Centre, Ann Arbor, Michigan
McClelland Gallery, Lanwarrin, Victoria
MEPC-Quorum, Dallas
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
Mexico City
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence National Gallery of Victoria
Museum of Modern Art, New York City
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Nelson A. Rockefeller Bequest, Newport Harbour Art Museum, California
New York State, Albany
Newcastle Art Gallery, NSW, Australia
Northbridge Centre, Palm Beach
Pittsburgh National Bank
Portland Art Institute, Oregon
Princeton University
Queensland Art Gallery, Australia
Rhode Island School of Design Museum
Rodman Rockerfeller
Smith Kline Corporation,Philadelphia
J.B.Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
Sterling Drug, Pennsylvania
TarraWarra Art Museum, Healesville, Victoria
The Australiana Fund
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space
University of Houston
Victorian Arts Centre, Australia
Yokohama Private Railroad, Japan

Bibliography

THE SCULPTURE OF CLEMENT MEADMORE, Eric Gibson, Hudson Hills Press, 1994
Some Other Dream: The Artist, The Artworld & the Expatriate, GEOFFREY DE GROEN, Hale & Iremonger, Sydney, 1984
Contemporary Sculpture in Australian Gardens. KEN SCARLETT, Gordon and Breach
Arts International, Sydney, 1993
The Best Style: Marion Hal Best and Australian Interior Design 1935-1975, MIC RICHARDS, Craftsman House, Sydney
FAMOUS AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS, Lois Hunter, Reed Books 1996, New Holland Publishers 2003
Publications
Clement Meadmore HOW TO MAKE FURNITURE WITHOUT TOOLS, Pantheon Books, 1975
Clement Meadmore ALL SOUND AND NO FRILLS, New York NY: Pantheon Books, 1978
Clement Meadmore THE MODERN CHAIR: CLASSICS IN PRODUCTION New York
(Van Nostrand Reinhold), 1979
Clement Meadmore SKYSCRAPER SCULPTURES: AN IMMODEST PROPOSAL
BY CLEMENT MEADMORE Self published, 1979


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