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Nevada Museum of Art Opens Fletcher Benton: The Artist’s Studio

The Nevada Museum of Art presents Fletcher Benton: The Artist’s Studio, open August 14, 2010 – October 17, 2010, exploring the unique attitudes and methods that Benton, a world-renowned kinetic and constructivist sculptor, applies to his work. This experiential and interactive exhibition looks at the inspirations, processes, toys and tools that Benton uses to create his work, and provides profound insight into the artistic practice of one of the most important American sculptors of the twentieth century.

Benton creates asymmetrical works that maintain a balance against improbable odds. He juxtaposes symmetry and asymmetry, order and chance, reason and randomness. Working from a palette of classical forms, Benton composes small-scale models, or maquettes, of potential works. After contemplating these varied maquettes, he chooses one or more to be fabricated on the monumental scale.

This exhibition recreates Benton’s studio with the images, textures and inspirations that constitute his working environment. The exhibition, conceived by Benton himself, provides a rare opportunity to see the studio — a typically private space — through the artist’s eyes.

Sponsorship provided by The Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson Charitable Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. John C. Deane.

Image: Fletcher Benton, Folded Square Alphabet G, 2004. Painted steel, 12 x 12 x 12 inches. © 2010 Fletcher Benton/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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