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Blue Release

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Blue Release

Artist: Christopher Wilmarth (American, 1943 - 1987)
Date: 1972-1973
Medium: etched glass and steel
Overall: 60 x 60 x 86 in. (152.4 x 152.4 x 218.4 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts Grant and the Edmundson Art Foundation, Inc., 1975.7
Accession number: 1975.7
Classification: sculpture
In Collection(s)
Label TextBlue Release is representative of Wilmarth's work in many respects and reveals some of the seeming contadictions of working with glass and steel, materials associated with 20th century architecture and minimalist sculpture. The glass has been etched with acid and a "brushy" translucent effect is the result and the steel has not been smoothed to a polish but instead retains the markings of the artist's work. Wilmarth was born in 1943 in Sonoma, California. He received his formal art education at Cooper Union in New York during the early 1960's and worked as a studio assistant to the sculptor/achitect Tony Smith. In 1969 he was appointed Professor of Sculpture at Cooper Union, and also had a one-year appointment as Visiting Artist at Yale University in 1971-1972. Source: Bulletin, July-August, 1976.
Published ReferencesDES MOINES ART CENTER: SELECTED PAINTINGS, SCULPTURES AND WORKS ON PAPER, Des Moines Art Center, 1985, cat. ref. & ill. p.216

DMAC Bulletin, July/Aug. 1976, ill. (two views)

AN UNCOMMON VISION: THE DES MOINES ART CENTER, Des Moines Art Center, 1998, ref. p.288, color ill. pp.288 & 289
entirely unexpected