Boca Raton Museum of Art to Premier Drawings by Prolific, Large-Scale Sculptor John Raimondi
John Raimondi, Drawing to Sculpture on view February 16–April 10, 2016
With monumental works at more than 25 museums, nine colleges and universities, three airports, and dozens more public and private locations throughout the United States and Europe, John Raimondi’s sculptures are among the most prominent contemporary public artworks. While his sculptures are easy to spot – some rise more than 60 feet tall – the Boca Raton Museum of Art will soon showcase the first major museum show of Raimondi’s preparatory drawings for his work in John Raimondi, Drawing to Sculpture, on view February 16 through April 10, 2016.
John Raimondi creates abstract and representational drawing as the first stage in the creation of his immense outdoor sculptures. Whether angular geometric forms or fluid organic shapes, his work is united by graceful lines, an aesthetic he developed while studying at the Portland School of Fine & Applied Art (now the Maine College of Art) and Massachusetts College of Art, along with numerous artist-in-residencies. To date, Raimondi has completed more than one-hundred monumental sculptures for public, corporate and private collections worldwide. Drawing to Sculpture will present 45 works on paper along with maquettes.
Raimondi was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and currently lives and works in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. To mark the 45th anniversary of his career and to coincide with the exhibition, an illustrated companion book will be available with an essay by Henry Adams, Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University and author of Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock (2009) and Eakins Revealed (2005) will accompany the exhibition.
The exhibition has been organized by the Boca Raton Museum of Art and curated by Marisa J. Pascucci, Curator of Collections. Drawing to Sculpture will travel to the Appleton Museum of Art in the summer of 2016 and San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts in late 2016.
Support for this exhibition is provided in part by the Board of County commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. Additional support is generously provided by our Members and Donors.
Please contact Kelsey Johnson for interviews with John Raimondi or Marisa J. Pascucci, Curator of Collections. High-res images and captions available via Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wc8uxh6jbnjavqy/AACggkaRbPOWtcLPDhyjii7wa?dl=0