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Mel Kendrick: Seeing Things in Things

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Spanning the entirety of the artist's career, Mel Kendrick: Seeing Things in Things charts the singular trajectory of one of the country's most adventurous sculptors.

With more than 100 works representing four decades, this is the definitive monograph on abstract sculptor Mel Kendrick, who first emerged in 1970s New York, where he studied with legends Tony Smith and Robert Morris. At a time when Minimal and Conceptual art dominated, Kendrick forged his own path, embarking on a career-long series of provocative investigations into the fundamentals and possibilities of sculpture, his restless experimentations with form, scale, and materiality realized in wood, rubber, cast paper, or concrete. Essays by Nancy Princenthal, Allison N. Kemmerer, Terrie Sultan, and Adam D. Weinberg, and a conversation between Kendrick and fellow artist Carroll Dunham provide fascinating perspective on forty years of art making in the aftermath of Minimalism.

About the Artist

Mel Kendrick’s sculptures have drawn widespread critical acclaim throughout his career. He is a three-time recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and received the both the Francis J. Greenburger Award and the American Academy of Arts & Letters’s Academy Award. Kendrick’s work is represented in the collections of leading museums across the U.S., including the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; The Art Institute of Chicago; Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC; Parrish Art Museum; Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA; Dallas Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. International venues include Australian National Gallery, Canberra; Centro Cultural Arte Contemporano, Mexico City; and Daimler Kunst Sammlung, Berlin.