William Tarr Mid-Century Sculpture
William Tarr (1925-2006) was an American sculptor best known for monumental works such as the memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in New York. The New York City born, self-taught sculptor began creating his first pieces in 1946 from old lumber and downed trees before making metal-welded works of the kind with which he would become most identified. Tarr also worked in concrete, fiberglass and cast bronze. He exhibited his first sculpture at The Whitney Museum in 1962. Two years later in another Whitney exhibition, New York Times art critic John Canaday called Tarr’s entry a “centerpiece of the show”, and it was purchased by the Whitney for its permanent collection. Another of his pieces was purchased by the Ford Foundation and donated to The Art Institute of Chicago, where it is also in the permanent collection. In 1974 Tarr was named a Guggenheim fellow. Identifiable by their dynamic, geometric use of positive and negative space that is at once modernist and idiosyncratic, Tarr’s works are perhaps most comparable to those of those of his contemporary, Louise Nevelson, though in scale and materiality they more closely approach those of Richard Serra.
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