Albert Paley, world renown for his monumental architectural ironwork and sculpture. Paley’s formed and fabricated work pays homage to European art nouveau and American abstract expressionism.
An active artist for over 40 years at his studio in Rochester, New York, Paley is a Distinguished Professor and holds an Endowed Chair at the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology.
“Variance” was selected by the city’s Art in Public Places Initiative (APPI) to be the centerpiece of the sculpture garden. This monumental piece stands 17′ high x 13’wide x 5′ deep and weighs over 4 ton. The selection took place prior to construction and was unveiled in New York City in June of 2013 as part of “Paley On Park Avenue: New York City”.
Thirteen sculptures were installed for exhibition on Park Avenue between 52st Street and 67th Street. These sculptures were specifically created by for the exhibition and reflect Paley’s current structural and compositional concerns. “Variance” sat on the north side of 59th Street and Park Avenue for the remainder of 2013.
Movement is implied through gesture and balance. Paley’s intention is that the sculpture reflects the dynamism, stressing alterability and change. Complexity and attention to detail are fundamental in all of his work. The closer one approaches, the sculpture slowly reveals itself.
Paley is the first metal sculptor to receive the coveted Institute Honors awarded by the American Institute of Architects to a non-architect. “The allure of Paley’s art comes through its intrinsic sense of integration of art and architecture,” as one noted architect stated.
Commissioned by both public institutions and private corporations, pieces by Albert Paley can be found in the permanent collections of many major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Broadly published and an international lecturer, Paley received both his BFA and MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. He received honorary doctorates from the University of Rochester in 1989, the State University of New York at Brockport in 1996, St. Lawrence University, in Canton, New York in 1997, and the University of Gothenburg, in Sweden in 2012.
Albert Paley will come to Leawood at the end of April 2015 for the official dedication of “Variance”. The public is invited to attend and meet the artist.