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Anne Arnold, (May 2, 1925- June 20, 2014) ; sculptor best known for her whimsical life-size and sometimes larger than life-size sculptures of animals and people rendered in wood, ceramic, or softer materials such as canvas and Dynel, and resins.....
Arnold died on June 20, 2014, of natural causes, in her New York City studio at the age of 89.
Anne Arnold received her BA from University of New Hampshire and went on to earn a MA at Ohio State University in 1947. Then, after a year in Mexico at University of Guadalajara, she moved to New York and enrolled at The Art Students League, where she studied from 1949 to 1953.
The first one-person exhibition of Arnold's work was at Tanager Gallery on Tenth Street in New York in 1960. Her work was then the subject of 9 one-person shows at Fischbach Gallery and was included in many group shows around the country. In 1983 a retrospective exhibition was organized by the Paul Creative Arts Center at University of New Hampshire.
The sculptures of Anne Arnold, on display at Alexandre Gallery, are so masterful—so pointed and witty, economically configured and nuanced—that you can’t help but wonder: Why has it been 24 years [as of 2012] since this artist was last graced with a solo exhibition?
Read the catalog accompanying Anne Arnold: Sculpture from Four Decades and you’ll get an idea. Both veteran curator Chris Crosman and critic John Yau make a point of Arnold’s “singular position in American sculpture”—that is to say, how the work sits firmly aside the run of –isms that typify the usual telling of post-war American art.... What to do with an artist whose vision touches lightly, if at all, on these blue-chip precedents and, instead, goes its own blessed way?
...And there’s the rub: Arnold’s achievement is predicated on the visual and not on extra-aesthetic rationales...