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Tom Otterness

Tom Otterness
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One of the foremost public artists working in the United States, Otterness’ interest in public art began in 1977 when he joined the ‘Collaborative Projects (COLAB). COLAB is a New York artists’ collective that in the late 1970’s began producing a number of influential group exhibitions including the historical ‘Real Estate Show’ and ‘The Times Square Show’. Otterness’ outdoor public art commissions are numerous and include the popular The Real World at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City, New York; Life Underground, which consists of over 100 sculptures that are installed in the New York City subway station at 14th Street and Eighth Avenue; and Gold Rush at the United States Federal Courthouse in Sacramento, California. More recently, Otterness exhibited 40 bronze sculptures installed throughout the gardens and grounds of the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and along a two-mile stretch of public space in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Tom Otterness was born in Wichita, Kansas, in 1952. He studied at the Arts Students League and in an Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art, both in New York City. Among his many solo exhibitions at prominent galleries and museums, his works are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City; The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; IVAM Center Julio Gonzalez, Valencia, Spain, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA. The artist lives and works in New York.

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