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Artist:
Kenneth Campbell, born West Medford, MA 1913-died New York City 1986  Search this
Medium:
gray marble
Dimensions:
overall: 42 x 9 1/2 x 12 1/4 in. (106.7 x 24.2 x 31.2 cm.) top: 23 7/8 x 9 1/2 x 12 1/4 in. (60.7 x 24.2 x 31.2 cm.) base: 21 5/8 x 7 1/2 x 8 3/4 in. (55.0 x 19.1 x 22.3 cm.)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1964
Luce Center Label:
Kenneth Campbell “sees” the final image within each piece of stone before starting to work, and rarely deviates from this initial idea. He never uses power tools, but prefers to have direct contact with the materials. Campbell manipulates the stone to give an appearance of weightlessness, by balancing huge pieces at apparently impossible angles. Nike may have been inspired by the Winged Victory of Samothrace, a Hellenistic Greek sculpture that depicts the goddess Nike as she descends from flight.
Luce Object Quote:
“I . . . give to each stone an awareness of its own sense of gravity, making it seem as mobile as I am.” Kenneth Campbell speaking in 1962, University of Kentucky Art Gallery Exhibition Catalogue, 1967
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Mythology\classical\Nike  Search this
Allegory\other\triumph  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation
Object number:
1986.6.13A-B
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 50A
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk73fe34e35-d9a2-4b22-bcb3-ea06403393b1
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1986.6.13A-B