Mad. Sq. Art presents an exhibition of eleven sculptures in stone, wood and metal made by Minimalist artist Jene Highstein over the last twenty years. The sculptures, on view through April 2006, share the park’s outdoor galleries with Mad. Sq. Art: Sol LeWitt, which opened in May 2005.
Mad. Sq. Art: Jene Highstein offers a series of sculptures grouped by medium on lawns along the west and north sides of the park. Some of the groups explore basic sculptural forms through subtle differences in texture and shape. For example, west of the fountain, two similar, cast-iron forms Iceberg and Tri Cornered Poplar Casting introduce a Zen-like spirit to the lawn. West of the Reflecting Pool, the black granite Dangerous Objects (Internal) and (External) mirror each other across the lawn, nearly identical in form, but of contrasting surface textures- one smooth, one rugged. Immediately to the north, the lawn features three quartzite Tornados, funnel-shaped forms embedded with spiraling surfaces and textures. Double Tornado, at the northeast corner of the park, completes the park’s quartet of tornado forms.
Two archetypal works in cedar stand at opposite ends of the park’s north lawn. The totemic Cedar Staircase, at sixteen feet high, is the largest piece on exhibition. Across the lawn, Female Figure recalls ancient fertility objects.
Jene Highstein (b.1942) has been exhibiting his sculpture internationally since 1968. He received his B.A. from the University of Maryland, and a post-graduate degree from the Royal Academy in London. His works are in the collections of major museums, such as the Victoria and Albert, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim. He has created pieces of public art for the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Wanas Sculpture Park in Sweden, Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis among many other locations. He lives and works in New York.