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Chrysler Museum of Art acquires John Henry sculpture

Chrysler Museum of Art has acquired a John Henry sculpture. Homage to Man Ray.

John Henry Homage to Man Ray 2009 Machined aluminum, painted metallic blue.

Henry, a long-time master of public sculpture, has works installed on five continents. His sculptures are included in many prestigious museum collections (including the Smithsonian Institution, the Miami Art Museum, and The British Museum) and his public works can be seen in cities across the world, including Chicago, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Hannover, Germany; and Shenzhen, China. Later this year, he will unveil a new work for the city of Baltimore that will be the largest outdoor sculpture in the world, measuring over 300 feet tall.

Henry’s Homage to Man Ray pays tribute to an important artist of the Dada and Surrealist movements. The Chrysler owns 13 works by Man Ray, who developed innovative, avant-garde techniques and approaches to art-making

This piece is characteristic of Henry’s work, as it consists of steel constructions that are painted in lively monochromatic colors. The strong gestural quality of the metal beams recalls the work of action painters such as Franz Kline, whom Henry cites as a major influence.

For more on the artist, see To read the Chrysler Museum press release on the acquisition, click here.

When the Museum reopens in April, 2014, after our expansion and renovation is complete, this piece will grace the beautiful new outdoor cafe in Mary’s Garden.

The sculpture is a gift of Janet Hoggard Blocker in memory of John R. Blocker. John was Janet’s husband, and this sculpture used to be in their garden.

Chrysler Museum of Art
245 West Olney Road
Norfolk, Virginia 23510

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