This book is a non-fiction study of the lives of ten different sculptors and the key public sculptures each contributed to the landscape and identity of Portland, Oregon, between 1900 and 2003.
Each chapter examines the history of how these artworks were created, the challenges each sculptor faced, and how these artworks in a variety of sculpture media have contributed to the public arts scene of Portland into the twenty-first century.
For its discussion of historical sculpture unique to Portland, a researched examination is made into those subjects selected by each sculptor, where influences of national identity, patriotism, symbolic representation, and the lives of each sculptor help to better understand the history and forces at work which brought these sculptures into existence. Interviews with two of the sculptors offer personal insights into their creative process: from the studio design to final installation in Portland.
From Roland Hinton Perry and Alice Cooper, to James Lee Hansen and Raymond Kaskey, sculptures ranging from bronze castings of U.S. presidents, to other historical and allegorical figures in copper and marble, the author provides an in-depth review and presentation of Portland’s public art as never seen before.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Fred F. Poyner IV is an art historian and author with a Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington University and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His professional career in the museum industry has spanned twenty-six years and included curatorial roles with the Museum of Northwest Art, Texas Maritime Museum, Washington State Historical Society, and National Nordic Museum. His first book, The First Sculptor of Seattle: The Life and Art of James A. Wehn, received the Association of King County Historical Organization’s (AKCHO) Virginia Marie Folkins Award for Outstanding Historical Publication in 2015. He has published several other books on local Northwest art and history, including Seattle Public Sculptors: Twelve Makers of Monuments, Memorials and Statuary, 1909-1962 in 2017. He currently lives in Issaquah, Washington, with his family.
PUBLISHER: America Through Time
SERIES: America Through Time
DIMENSIONS: 9.25 (w) x 6.5 (h)