Aesop's Fables, II, 2005
142 in. x 420 in. x 166 in. (360.68 cm x 1066.8 cm x 421.64 cm)
Made possible through the generosity of the artist, gifts from Vera G. List and the Family of Robert S. Sanders, MIT ‘64, and by MIT Percent-for-Art Funds for the Northeast Sector Landscape
Mark di Suvero’s work has appeared in museums and outdoor public settings around the world. His mostly large-scale sculptures, fashioned from industrial materials and found objects, capture a mainstream modernism, blending the dynamic movement of kinetic art with the impetuosity of Abstract Expressionism.
In recent years, di Suvero has become known for architectural-sized constructions of abstract forms which the artist and his crew cut and assemble with plasma cutters, welding torches, and cranes. Less obvious than the dramatic physicality of the works, however, are the lyrical and intellectual influences that underlie his ideas, signaled primarily by titles that often honor other visual artists, scientists, poets, writers, musicians, statesmen, even astral bodies. In one 1993 catalogue, instead of a critical text, the artist chose to pair images of his works with those from a wide range of poets. Aesop’s Fable appears with Sonnet 165, by the brilliant feminist Mexican nun, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Text adapted from Mark di Suvero, Aesop’s Fables II, brochure by Ann Wilson Lloyd.
Building Number: Northeast Sector Lawn
Accession Number: 2005.008