Mark di Suvero
American, born 1933
The criss-crossing steel beams of Mark di Suvero's Bunyon's Chess operate like broad brushstrokes drawn in space, a vocabulary that was radically new in sculpture at the time it was made. Created specifically for outdoor presentation in Seattle, Bunyon's Chess, the artist's first private commission, was made with wood as the prominent element in counterpoint to the structure of stainless steel. Di Suvero's interest in sculpture's kinetic qualities (inspired by Alexander Calder), and his use of found objects have remained constants in his career. His numerous public and private commissions, often on a monumental scale, are located worldwide.
Stainless steel and wood, 22 ft. H, Gift of the Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum, 2016.17.1, © Mark di Suvero
Provenance: The artist; Commissioned from artist by Virginia and Bagley Wright, Seattle, 1965.