Clement Meadmore

Clement Meadmore

Clement Meadmore (9 February 1929 - 19 April 2005) was an Australian-American sculptor known for his massive outdoor steel sculptures. He studied aeronautical engineering and then industrial design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. After graduating in 1949, Meadmore designed furniture for several years and, in the 1950s, created his first welded sculptures.

In 1963, Meadmore moved to New York City and later became an American citizen. He was a jazz enthusiast and in his spare time liked to play the drums and host jam sessions.

Meadmore’s geometry inspired sculptures contain elements of abstract expressionism and minimalism. Marlborough Gallery explains that Meadmore’s “three goals in creating sculpture were to explore the expressive potential of geometry, to make the whole piece comprehensible from any viewpoint, and to avoid the appearance of a front and a back in the sculpture. His works typically involve a rectangular form that dynamically twists and moves through space, seemingly creating itself in the process.”

Meadmore was adamant that his sculptures did not depict anything or even stand for anything. His art was about the possibility of form, and only that. “I'm not interested in metaphors of infinity or of anything else,'' he told Time magazine in 1971. ''I have to start with a real object, a thing -- and then try to let it transcend its physicality.''

His sculptures are displayed throughout the United States, Australia and Japan, most notably at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Large-scale sculptures can also be seen on college campuses throughout the country, including Princeton University, Columbia University and the University of Michigan.

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