Posted Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Pratt Installs Sculpture by World-Renowned Artist Arman in its Outdoor Sculpture Park

Pratt Institute recently installed three sculptures in its outdoor Sculpture Park, which stretches across Pratt's 25-acre Brooklyn Campus and is the largest in New York City. Included is a sculpture titled Accord Final by world-renowned artist Arman that has been generously loaned by the artist's widow, educator and art collector Corice Arman. Arman's work is joined by sculptures by Jennifer Cecere and Richard Heinrich.

Accord Final is a broken cast bronze piano that is located adjacent to the Pratt Library. Arman created the piece as a series of 12 broken instruments that comprise "Arman's Orchestra."  The piece is also called Accord Final, the last chord, or, They Wouldn't Let Me Play at Carnegie Hall. The son of an antiques dealer and amateur cellist, Arman absorbed an intense appreciation for music, the art of collecting, and the cultivation of discriminating taste from an early age. According to the artist's website, his work re-examined the artistic possibilities of every day objects and elevated the ordinary to the extraordinary.

Corice Arman collaborated on Arman's many museum and gallery exhibitions and monumental sculpture projects, including the organization of ceremonies surrounding the unveiling of the large-scale, public sculptures Long Term Parking outside of Paris and Hope for Peace in Beirut, Lebanon. As collectors, the pair amassed a peerless, world-class collection of African art that they have loaned to several international exhibitions. Corice Arman has served on the boards of several New York cultural institutions and was instrumental in recruiting renowned artists from around the world to form the International Artists' Council at the Florence-based Studio Art Centers International. She is a great supporter and promoter of the arts and arts education and continues this role through the loan of her husband's work to the Pratt Sculpture Park.

Sculpture of Vinyl by Jennifer Cecere is a three-piece sculpture of laser-cut and hand-painted vinyl that is suspended in the fountain courtyard between East Hall and Main Building. Richard Heinrich contributed a series of three sculptures -Epistrophy, Straight No Chaser, and 'Round Midnight- that involve three structures of welded steel and is located south of the ISC building.

The Pratt Sculpture Park also includes sculptures by Donald Lipski, Mark di Suvero. Robert Indiana, Michael Rosch, Hans Van De Bovenkamp, and many other artists. The park was recognized as one of the 10 best college and university campus art collections in the country by Public Art Review in 2006.