Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has acquired and installed the works of two prominent bronze sculpture works on loan from the Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis County in May 2015.
The loaned works from Charles Arnoldi and Isaac Witkin are now on display in the ticketing lobby of Terminal 1 in the seating areas that are located between the ticket counters. Each space offers a wide window view of the Lambert airfield.
Isaac Witkin’s Hawthorne Tree, 1987, is a cast bronze piece with a blend of abstraction and figuration. Reminiscent of a gnarled and thorny tree found in Witkin’s native South Africa, this work is one of six variations in a series, each representing different aspects of magical transformation. The theme is derived from a spell that was cast upon Merlin the Magician by a wood nymph, to whom he teaches his magic. The nymph goes forth in the guise of Merlin while he rests under the shade of a hawthorne tree. By using bronze in an expressive way to mimic nature’s way of form-making, Isaac Witkin was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1936. At the age of 21, the sculptor moved to London where he attended St. Martin’s School of Art. In 1965, Witkin emigrated to the United States and became an artist-in-residence at Bennington College from 1965– 79. Witkin has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums around the world: Locks Gallery, Philadelphia; Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York; Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey; and a solo exhibition at the Walker Hill Art Center, Seoul, Korea. Hawthorne Tree was gifted to the Laumeier Sculpture Park Collection by Adam and Judy Aronson.
Charles Arnoldi’s Eclipse,1990, is a quirky, double-oval-shaped bronze sculpture with “Giacometti-esque” elongation. Each hollowed-out, walnut shape employs the hand of the artist, as frantic finger trails are embedded into the surface. Quasi-figurative in form and scale, Eclipse refers in both concept and composition to Arnoldi’s painting practice, literally documenting the trace of his hand. Charles Arnoldi was born in 1946 in Dayton, Ohio. He has had one-person and group exhibitions at institutions including the Seattle Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, Korea. Arnoldi’s works are in collections at the Art Institute of Chicago; the Denver Art Museum; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington; and the Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain. Eclipse is part of the Laumeier Sculpture Park Collection as a gift of John McEnroe Gallery.
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