1943 - 1999
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the unveiling of the
"Creation" sculptures at the Washington National Cathedral,
also the unveiling of the "Three Soldiers" bronze at
the Vietman Veterans Memorial.
Saturday, February 9
1:00 - 5:00 PM
Meet the National Representative and author of the Frederick Hart books, MADELINE KISTING
who will be speaking on insights of Hart's art legacy in the 21st century.
LINDY HART, the artist's wife, will also be present to answer questions and offer personal anecdotes about Hart's life.
Experience one of the largest collections of Frederick Hart sculptures ever assembled.
View "Adam" full figure in broze and "Ex Nihilo Working Model" in both bronze and cast resin.
About Frederick Hart (1903-1999)
"My work isn't art for art's sake, it's about life. I have no patience with obscure or unintelligible art - I want to be understood." Frederick Hart has been described as America's greatest living representational artist. He has gone completely against the grain of the contemporary art world; substance and beauty are the chief criteria of his work. Hart was born in Atlanta in 1943 while his father was serving in World War II. His mother died suddenly when Hart was three years old and he was subsequently cared for by his mother's family in rural South Carolina during his early childhood years. He moved to Washington, D.C. when his father remarried in the early 1950's where he attended public school. At age sixteen, he was admitted as a philosophy major to the University of South Carolina. Hart returned to Washington, D.C. with a desire to study art and attended the Corcoran College of Art and Design and American University where he studied painting and drawing. Later, after sculpting a bust of a girlfriend, he realized that sculpture provided a form of drawing that possessed weight, volume, presence and gravity. As his interest in sculpture began to flourish, Hart became an apprentice stone carver at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. working on gargoyles. In 1971, while Hart was still working on the stone of the cathedral, an international competition was announced to find a sculptor for the cathedral's west facade. After three years of work and at the age of thirty-one, Hart was commissioned to create The Creation which has been described as ''the most monumental commission for religious sculpture in the United States in the twentieth century.'' Hart converted to Catholicism late in life. It has been said that Hart was the greatest figurative sculptor since Daniel Chester French. ''He not only created works of great beauty and gravitas, he was singularly responsible for restoring to American public monuments and memorials an iconology worthy of a great nation.'' Hart's relationship with the art establishment was mixed. During most of his lifetime, the ''mainstream art world'' was dominated by non-traditional movements such as Pop art; figurative sculpture was out of fashion and Hart's heroic and religious style was out of step with the art magazines and museum curators of the times. Hart never had a major museum show or retrospective during his lifetime. Despite this, his acrylic sculptures (generally cast in limited editions of several hundred and selling for around US$ 3000) were very successful in commercial art galleries, earning him a steady and significant income. Due to his widespread popular appeal and successful public works, by the end of his lifetime Hart was rapidly gaining in recognition and his bronzes (as of 2006) sell for several hundred thousand dollars.
About Southwest Gallery
Having been in business for over 45 years, Southwest Gallery is one of the largest galleries in the United States. Our 16,000 sq. ft. location holds work from some of the world's premier painters and sculptors including one of the largest collections of graphic works in the world by Mexican master Rufino Tamayo. The gallery represents over 100 living artists in styles ranging from traditional to abstract. We also deal heavily in the recognized masters of the 19th and Early 20th Century such as Jules Herve, Edouard Cortes and Antoine Blanchard. Our gallery is one of the largest resources for sculpture in the country, housing a major collection of work by 20th Century master Frederick Hart as well as Gary Price, Martin Eichinger, Larry Young and others. We have hosted six major events for Hart, which included the largest offerings of his sculpture in the nation. Our staff of 12 has a combined experience of hundreds of years dealing in fine art. Each of our monthly exhibitions showcase one of the gallery's talented artists and invitations to these events are mailed to collectors nationally. The gallery has a large interactive web site that caters to clients on a national and international basis. Southwest Gallery has had the pleasure of helping service some of the country's most sophisticated collectors as well as nationally known celebrities. Southwest also has an impressive framing department capable of handling highly specialized items with the utmost of care.