Seward Johnson at Old Westbury Gardens
June 16 - September 4, Westbury House and Gardens
Seward Johnson sculptures have been turning heads and causing conversation for nearly 50 years. More than 450 of Johnsonís lifesize cast bronze figures have been featured in private collections and museums around the world.
Old Westbury Gardens and the Seward Johnson Atelier present this exhibition which features 38 selected works from two of his most popular series: Celebrating the Familiar, and Beyond the Frame. The sculptures will be displayed in Westbury House and across 80 acres of the Gardens.
Seward Johnsonís impact on the world of public sculpture has enhanced the physical landscape, as well as added to the dialogue about art in the public realm.
Initially, the world came to know Seward Johnson through his sculptural commentary on day-to-day life. He engages us through the hyper-realistic bronzes of this Celebrating the Familiar series, which act as a mirror for us all. The works echo our myriad tasks and activities, catching our eye and calling attention to small pleasures and encounters.
One of Johnsonís primary focus points as an artist surfaced early on as he sought ways to celebrate what he refers to as ďthe beautiful moments of ordinary lifeĒ. Johnsonís sculptures explore these moments in ways that are familiar, personal, and distinctly human.