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The Sculpture Garden at 590 Madison Avenue Presents Jonathan Prince Sculptures

The Sculpture Garden at 590 Madison Avenue presents an exhibition of Jonathan Prince sculptures on view at the atrium of 590 Madison Avenue through November 18th.


Known for his work in African and Cambrian black granite, Prince has, over the last two years, broadened his visual inquiry through a vanguard technique of “tearing steel.” He begins by reducing the steel to its most elemental state: the more basic the shape, in his words, “the more past and future are indistinguishable.” Then Prince “breaks” or “tears” the surface. This fracturing includes blacksmithing techniques — forging and hammering the stainless steel plates — to form a base layer. Prince then applies additional molten steel to build the surface of the “torn” architecture. The tears are laboriously hand-worked and polished. The undulating and softly reflective new steel lies in stark contrast to the un-worked, oxidized metal, positing a narrative of a form still in evolution. Prince referred to his prior series as “Fragments — strong geometric shapes in highly polished black granite, many of which with exaggerated broken edges. His interest in creating forms that evoke both the archaic and the contemporary continues in this current work. An example of Prince’s black granite sculpture, “Light Box,” is on permanent view in the lobby of the former IBM Building at 590 Madison Avenue, as part of the Julie and Edward J. Minskoff collection.

The Sculpture Garden at 590 Madison Avenue is an indoor exhibition space for monumental works of art, open to the public daily from 8 a.m. To 10 p.m. The Sculpture Garden is located in the 10,00 square foot ground-level atrium of the former IBM Building at the corner of Fifty-sixth Street and Madison Avenue in New York City.

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