David von Schlegell

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David von Schlegell
Born David von Schlegell
(1920-05-25)May 25, 1920
St. Louis, Missouri, US
Died October 5, 1992(1992-10-05) (aged 72)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Art Students League of New York
Known for Sculpture, painter
Movement Constructivism, minimalism

David Von Schlegell (May 25, 1920 – October 5, 1992) was an American abstract artist and sculptor.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Von Schlegell was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1920, the son of American impressionist artist William von Schlegell.[2] He studied at the University of Michigan in the 1940s, and then entered the United States Air Force. He made his return to art when he joined the Art Students League in New York. In the early 1960s, David von Schlegell built his own sculpture studio in Ogunquit, Maine[2] and later established himself as a prominent sculptor.[3] In 1965, he married award winning American postmodern poet Susan Howe, and became step-father to her daughter, now an abstract artist, R.H. Quaytman.[4] From 1971 to 1990, von Schlegell was the head of the Yale School of Art sculpture department.[5] He died on October 5, 1992 in New Haven, Connecticut at the age of 72.[1] Students of note include Don Gummer, Roni Horn, Jessica Stockholder, Ann Hamilton, Matthew Barney, Sean Landers, and Katsuhisa Sakai.[citation needed]

Voyage of Ulysses (1977), James A. Byrne United States Courthouse in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



Inspired by his wartime experience as an aircraft engineer, he worked mostly with aluminum, steel, and wood. His indoor work was featured at many important exhibitions of the 1960s, and by the 70s he was a prominent public sculptor.[6] His large scale works can be found in cities across America, including Untitled (L's) on IUPUI's campus.[7]

Painting and drawings[edit]

In addition to sculpting, Von Schlegell also made paintings and drawings. After dedicating his Untitled (L's), he also had an exhibition in IUPUI's Lecture Hall and at the Herron School of Art displaying his photographs and drawings from the project.[8]

Featured works[edit]

  • Untitled (L's) A site-specific installation on the campus of IUPUI.
  • Marina, a polished metal sculpture currently on long-term loan from Miami-Dade Art in Public Places from the J. Patrick Lannan Foundation.[5]
  • Untitled Landscape, located in Boston, Massachusetts at India Wharf on the Boston waterfront.[9]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b Smith, Roberta (June 10, 2009). "David von Schlegell, Abstract Artist, Is Dead at 72". The New York Times. Retrieved December 10, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "David von Schlegell, artist". Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. 2006. Retrieved December 10, 2009. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Wolfram, Gretchen. News Bureau, Indiana University- Purdue University. September 30, 1980
  4. ^ "Boston Globe, Nov 15, 2009 – Signs and Sensibility, by Cate McQuaid". Boston Globe. November 15, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Marina". Art in Public Places. Miami-Dade County. Retrieved December 10, 2009. 
  6. ^ SFF.net
  7. ^ IUPUI.net
  8. ^ Wolfram, Gretchen. News Bureau, Indiana University- Purdue University. September 30, 1980.
  9. ^ "Art and Sculpture". Boston HarborWalk. The Boston Harbor Association. Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2009.