Peter Shelton (sculptor)

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This article is about the American sculptor Peter Shelton. For the New-York-based architect and interior designer, see Peter L. Shelton.
Peter Shelton
Born Peter Shelton
January 18, 1951
Troy, Ohio
Nationality American
Education Pomona College, Pomona, CA, Hobart School of Welding Technology, Troy, Ohio, and the University of California, Los Angeles
Known for Sculpture
Movement Postminimalism

Peter Shelton is an American sculptor born in 1951 in Troy, Ohio.

Shelton has exhibited extensively, including solo shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1987; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1994; University of California, Berkeley 1998; the Irish Museum of Modern Art 1998-1999; and Portland Art Museum, 2011. He has participated in group exhibitions at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California, 2009; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, 2004; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain, 2004; Tate Gallery Liverpool, England, 1998; and Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, 2006.[1][2]

Awards include Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, 1987; John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship; Henry Moore Sculpture Trust, 1989; Flintridge Foundation Visual Artists Award, 1999/2000; and the St. Gaudens Memorial Fellowship, 2000. Shelton is part of collections such as Museum of Modern Art, New York; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Panza Foundation, Milan, Italy; and Museum of Modern Art, Lodz, Poland. Public commissions include ‘’sixbeastsandtwomonkeys’’ for the Police Administration Building in downtown Los Angeles, 2008-2009, ‘’thinmanlittlebird’’ for the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, 2008-2009, and ‘’cloudsandclunkers’’ at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Concours A), Seattle, WA, 2003.[1][2]

Shelton has maintained his studio in Los Angeles since 1975. He lives in Venice, California.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Peter Shelton was born in Troy, Ohio, on January 18, 1951.

Shelton spent his early school years in Tempe, Arizona. He was a pre-medical student at Pomona College, Pomona, CA studying sociology, anthropology and theatre, before he received his B.A. in Fine Art in 1973. Shelton went on to earn a trade certificate in welding from the Hobart School of Welding Technology in Troy, Ohio, in 1974, and his M.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1979.[2]

Work[edit]

I like to think of my work as a threshold between in and out, object and space, heavy and light.[2]

How far away from a corner in a room is it no longer a corner? If you are in a pocket, at what point do you pass when you are no longer in the pocket? Language tries to cope with these questions, and often, poorly. ... When I was a young boy, I would ask friends one of my favorite riddles, "What is the difference of an orange?" When my question was met only with puzzled, distorted faces, even irritated silence, I would happily answer "the peel!" What interests me most in my work is the "peelness" of it...[3]

Awards and grants[edit]

Saint-Gaudens Memorial Fellowship, 2000
Flintridge Foundation Visual Artists Award, 1999-2000
Individual Artist Fellowship Grant, National Endowment for the Arts, 1994, 1984, 1982, 1980
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1989
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, 1987
Young Talent Award, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1985[3]

Solo exhibitions and major projects[edit]

Peter Shelton has exhibited internationally in museums and galleries in over fifty-five solo exhibitions and over one hundred and twenty group shows,[3] including:

-Between 1984 and 2011, Shelton was presented in twenty-four solo and over forty-five total exhibitions at L.A. Louver, Venice, California, and Louver Gallery New York, NY.
  • redpocket, blackslot, uheader, and drawings, 2011. Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR.
  • blackelephanthouse, 1998. Henry Moore Sculpture Trust, Halifax, England (1998-99).
  • "sixtyslippers, 1997. L.A. Louver, Venice, CA (1997). University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (1998). Madison Arts Center, Madison, WI (1999). Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX (1999).
  • godspipes, 1989-98. Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (1998). L.A. Louver, Venice, CA (2006). Herron Galleries, Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN (2008).
  • bottlesbonesandthingsgetwet, 1994. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Peter Shelton: Drawings and Sculptures, 1990-92. L.A. Louver, Venice, CA (1990). Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL (1992).
  • thingsgetwet, 1989-2012. Louver Gallery New York, NY (1993). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (1994). Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA (1997). Sperone Westwater, New York, NY (2012).
  • waxworks, 1989-99. Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA (1988). Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA (1989). San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA (1989).
  • BLACKVAULTfalloffstone, 1988, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.
  • STRETCHspread, 1987. Lannan Museum, Lake Worth, FL (1988). Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2001).
  • TUBtubesandpipes, 1987. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (1987). Irvine Fine Arts Gallery, University of California, Irvine, CA (1989).
  • HARDSTRETCHdroop, 1987. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.
  • floatinghouseDEADMAN, 1985-86. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (1986). Wight Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles, CA (1987). Herron Galleries, Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN (1989). Louver Gallery New York, NY (1990).
  • pipegutwaterseatandSTANDSTILL, 1983-84. Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Portland, OR (1984).
  • MAJORJOINTShangersandsquat, 1983. Center of Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA (1983). L.A. Louver and Malinda Wyatt Galleries, Los Angeles, CA (1984).
  • whiteroundHEAD, 1982. Artists Space, New York, NY.
  • trunknutsWHITEHEADfloater, 1981-82. Open Space Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (1982).
  • NECKWALLfootscreensleeper, 1981. Malinda Wyatt Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
  • BROWNROOMS, 1977-78. Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA (1980).
  • BIRDHOUSEholecan, 1980. Chapman College, Orange, CA, in conjunction with the L.A. Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA.
  • HEADROOMfootspace, 1980. Artpark, Lewiston, NY.
  • SWEATHOUSEandlittleprincipals, 1977-81. Wight Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles, CA (1979). Contemporary Arts Forum in Santa Barbara, CA (1982).[3]

Selected group exhibitions[edit]

American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
Castillo de Santa Barbara, Alicante, Spain
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Edifice de La Lonja, Majorca, Spain
Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany
Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Henry Moore Sculpture Institute, Leeds, England
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
Museo Cantonale D’Arte, Lugano, Switzerland
Museo di Arte Moderna E Contemporanea di Trento E Rovereto, Trento, Italy
Musee D’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Modern Art, Bologna, Italy
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Panza Foundation, Varese, Italy
Sezon Art Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
Tate Gallery Liverpool, Liverpool, England
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
UBS Galleries, New York, NY
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England
Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy[3]

Major permanent commissions[edit]

Collections[edit]

Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
City of Chicago, IL.
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Los Angeles, CA
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Henry Art Museum, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
Museo Cantonale D’Arte, Lugano, Switzerland
Museo di Arte Moderna E Contemporanea di Trento E Rovereto, Trento, Italy
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Museum of Modern Art, Lodz, Poland
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
New York Public Library, New York, NY
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Panza Foundation, Varese, Italy
Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
United States Federal Art Collection
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN[3]

Selected bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Peter Shelton: powerhousefrenchtablenecklaces." New York: Sperone Westwater, 17 Mar. 2012. illus.
  2. ^ a b c d "Peter Shelton: eyehand: Selected Sculpture from 1975 to 2011." Los Angeles: L.A. Louver Gallery, Nov. 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Shelton, George, ed. Peter Shelton : thingsgetwet : hearttopologies. New York: Sperone Westwater, 2012. illus.

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