American Metal: The Art of Albert Paley
American Metal presents a retrospective survey of the art of Albert Paley, one of the world’s most distinguished metalsmiths. It covers all aspects of his nearly 50-year career, starting with his work as a jeweler and progressing through his recent, large-scale sculptural projects. Furthermore, Paley’s creative process is represented throughout the exhibition by drawings, maquettes, and photographs. He continually pushes the boundaries of what is thought to be possible with iron and steel, whether with his monumentally heroic sculptures, such as Sentinel (2003), made from Cor-Ten steel, stainless steel, and bronze, or his small-scale domestic tables, door furniture, and lamps, forged from steel and bronze. No matter the scale, Paley’s work provides a decorative richness to offset the usual corporate and institutional blandness of much contemporary architecture. It is no surprise that he is the first and remains the only metalsmith to be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Institute of Architects (1995), the AIA’s highest award to a non-architect.
American Metal: The Art of Albert Paley is organized by the Corcoran Gallery of Art and made possible through the generous sponsorship of Buchanan, Ingersoll, and Rooney, P.C.
Major funding was received from Anne and Ronald Abramson, Edward Lenkin and Roselyn Atzwanger, Robert and Arlene Kogod, Fleur S. Bresler, Robert H. Smith Family Foundation, Giselle and Ben Huberman in honor of the James Renwick Alliance, Howard and Roberta Ahmanson, John and Mary Fendrick, Colleen and John Kotelly, David M. Schwarz Architects Charitable Foundation, Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Foundation, Julie Walters and Sam Rose, and an anonymous donor.
Generous support is also provided by Sharon and Bob Buchanan, Elmerina and Paul Parkman, Bill Rosenthal and Jerry Gebo, Ryna G. Cohen in Memory of Melvin S. Cohen, Deena and Jerry Kaplan, Diane and Marc Grainer, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Schwartz, Barbara and Arnold Berlin, Myra and Stephen Kurzbard, Lila Fendrick in honor of Barbara Fendrick and in memory of Daniel Fendrick, SIGAL Family Foundation, and Mrs. Lois U. Jecklin and Dr. Dirk C. Jecklin.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Publications Endowment at the Corcoran Gallery of Art helped support the exhibition catalogue.
Additional support provided by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.