Arnold Mesches

Shana Beth Mason
May 8, 2013 2:32PM

At 90, Arnold Mesches has experienced a lifetime of action and adventure worthy of the Hollywood sets he worked on in the late 1940's. After attending the Art Center of Los Angeles on scholarship, he worked as a set artist and was subsequently imprisoned for picketing during the 50's worker strikes. Cited as a 'Person of Interest' by the FBI for his civil/human rights activism, he accumulated 26 years of federal surveillance. All the while, Mesches has tirelessly produced haunting, vibrant works reflecting the tension and precariousness of his surroundings: a perilous balancing act between life and death. His work is held in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum, The National Gallery of Art, The Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden & Museum, SFMOMA and The Israel Museum. His 60-year retrospective, Arnold Mesches: A Life's Work, was held at Miami-Dade College's Freedom Tower this year.

Shana Beth Mason
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