Multcolib Research Picks: Sculpture in Downtown Portland : Books about the Artists
Annotation:"With the commission she received to make a sculpture for the entrance to Portland's Standard Plaza building, Morris would create perhaps the most important work of her career. Ring of Time (1967) is a monumental, self-compressed form that has the immediacy of a Zen calligrapher's drawing a perfect circle in a single breath and the allusive randomness of a tide-tossed shell with a hole in its center." - from Hilda Morris, p. 24.
Annotation:An exhibition catalog:This exhibition features over 50 sculptures accompanied by paintings, prints and photographs created during Izquierdo's career and draws from public and private collections throughout the region." - from the Hallie Ford Museum of Art website at Willamette University. Exhibition curated by Roger Hull.
Annotation:Looking through this book, there are images of many sculptures that may be familiar to Portland residents. His sculptures form an anchor for spaces in local parks, streets, universities, civic and corporate buildings throughout the city. "Kelly developed two distinct formal vocabularies in the 1970's: one was earthbound, with forms rising out of the ground...the other was animated, with anthropomorphized industrial structures lifted up on legs and dancing or scuttling along the path." - p. 24 of Lee Kelly.
Annotation:The Portland Open Space Sequence was a series of public spaces created during the 1960's era of urban renewal. Consisting of the Lovejoy Fountain, Pettygrove Park, the Source Fountain and the Ira Keller Fountain, these structures of concrete and water set in motion the direction of downtown Portland as we see it today. This book of consists of drawings by Lawrence Halprin, photographs, and history of these transformative places.
Annotation:"I walked around and around them, admiring their absolute horsiness. They were as peaceful as if they were standing alone in a field, out of human gaze. " - Jane Smiley, from the Introduction.
Annotation:This book is more much more about painting than sculpture. However, the photos of the artist at work on large canvasses painting with a small brush, sometimes on stepladders, reveal his meticulous style of work.
Annotation:Images and lists of artworks organized by districts plus maps make this a useful guide for downtown explorations. You can find a copy at the Visitor Information Center in Pioneer Square: 701 S.W. Sixth Ave. at Morrison St. 503.275.8355
Annotation:This guide provides descriptions and maps for a walking (or transit tour) of 13 downtown fountains, spanning the distance from the Keller Auditorium to the Pearl District.
Annotation: The searchable database provides information and images of more than 1800 publicly owned artwork in the City and County. You can simply browse through the collection (click on an image to learn more about it, including title, year completed, location, artist statement, and funding source), or narrow your search to specific collections – such as the Visual Chronicle of Portland, the Portable Works Collection, or the Public Art Murals Program.
Annotation:An elegant book, of nearly all images, that explores Anthony Caro's work in the context of eight themes that "are intended to lead the reader into a principal concern that each sculpture addresses." Each theme, "The Ground" "Drawing in Space" etc. includes a short text that captures the essence of forms evident in the sculptures.
Annotation:Though published in 1983, this book, co-authored by Norma Catherine Gleason and Chet Orloff, is still useful for descriptions of the many historic public art works that can be seen in downtown Portland streets and walkways.
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A selection of books from Central Library about sculptors of the outdoor public art works in downtown Portland. This list is based upon "A Guide to Portland Public Art" from the Regional Arts & Culture Council and "Portland's Municipal Fountains: A Self-Guide Tour" published by the Portland Water Bureau.