Curl, 1968. Columbia University campus, New York, NY
February 9, 1929|
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Died||April 19, 2005
New York, New York, U.S.
Clement Meadmore (9 February 1929 – 19 April 2005) was an Australian-American sculptor known for massive outdoor steel sculptures.
Born Clement Lyon Meadmore in Melbourne, Australia, in 1929, Clement Meadmore studied aeronautical engineering and then industrial design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. After graduating in 1949, Meadmore designed furniture for several years and, in the 1950s, created his first welded sculptures. He had several one-man exhibits of his sculptures in Melbourne and Sydney between 1954 and 1962. In 1963 Meadmore moved to New York City. Later, he became an American citizen.
Meadmore used COR-TEN steel, aluminum, and occasionally bronze to create colossal outdoor sculptures which combine the elements of abstract expressionism and minimalism. He was an avid amateur drummer and jazz lover who held jam sessions in his home. His fondess for jazz is reflected in the names of several of his works including "Riff" (1996), "Round Midnight" (1996), "Stormy Weather" (1997), "Night and Day" (1979) and "Perdido" (1978).
Meadmore's sculptures are held by museums, corporate headquarters, and schools internationally. His work has been exhibited in a number of galleries, including the Anita Shapolsky Gallery in New York City, the Columbus Gallery of Fine Art in Ohio, and the Davenport Municipal Art Gallery in Iowa.
He authored How to Make Furniture Without Tools (Pantheon, 1975) (ISBN 0-394-73063-1) and The Modern Chair: Classic Designs by Thonet, Breuer, Le Corbusier, Eames and Others (Dover Publications; 1997) (ISBN 0-486-29807-8). His work and career were catalogued in 1994 book, The Sculpture of Clement Meadmore by Eric Gibson (Hudson Hills Press; 1994) (ISBN 1-55595-098-1).
Sculptures in public collections and public spaces
- District of Columbia
- Spiral, 1971, Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, University Park
- Sophisticated Lady, 1977, Figge Art Museum, Davenport
- Fling, 1971, Speed Art Museum, Louisville
- Always, 1992, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park
- Out of There, 1974, Hale Boggs Federal Building Plaza, New Orleans
- Flippant Flurry, 1977, Mrs. P. Roussel Norman, New Orleans
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- Verge, 1970, Empire State Plaza, Albany
- Wingspread, 1999, 400 Chambers Street, Manhattan
- Curl, 1968, Columbia University, New York
- Swing, 1969, Chase Manhattan Bank, New York
- Wave, 1969, Chase Manhattan Bank, New York
- Three Up, 1977, White Plains Courthouse, White Plains
- Untitled, 1971, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville
- Open End, 1984, St. Xavier High School, Cincinnati
- Branching Out, 1981, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland
- Out of There, 1974, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus
- Extent, 1981, Pyramid Sculpture Park, Hamilton
- Clench, 1979, 34555 Chagrin Boulevard, Moreland Hills
- Switchback, 1980, 811 Madison, Toledo
- Upbeat, 1984, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown
- Split Ring, 1969, Portland Art Museum, Portland
- Virginia, 1970, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
- Awakening, 1968, AMP Society, Melbourne
- Dervish, 1981, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne
- Silence, 1960, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
- Thunder, 1960, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
- Double Up, 1970, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
- Flippant Flurry, 1977, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
- Between 1979–1980, 1981, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth
- Offshoot, 1982, Queensland Government, Brisbane
- Eric Gibson, The Sculpture of Clement Meadmore, Hudson Hills Press, 1994 ISBN 1-55595-098-1
- "Clement Meadmore". Anita Shapolsky Gallery NYC.
- "Group Exhibitions". meadmore.com.
- 2009 Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market – Listings.
- "Clement Meadmore, Sculptor in Metal, Is Dead at 76." The New York Times, 21 April 2005.
- "'Riding High' by Clement Meadmore". Virtual Globetrotting.
- "Clement Meadmore Sculpture Installed". Wellesley College.
- University of Michigan
- "Upstart 2". princeton.edu.
- New York State Office of General Services – Art Collection
- "Three Up by Clement Meadmore - White Plains, NY - Abstract Public Sculptures on Waymarking.com". waymarking.com.
- "Untitled, (sculpture).". si.edu.
- ".". Cleveland Museum of Art.
- University of Houston Art Collection
- Middlebury.edu[dead link]
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