Working in a stunning variety of materials—including clay, wood, stone, metal, plaster, resin, acacia thorns—Giuseppe Penone makes palpable and present the analogous processes of nature and art.
Italian artist Giuseppe Penone has played an integral role in the development of art over the past five decades. From his conceptual and performative works of the 1960s and 70s to the large-scale sculptural installations of the past 10 years, Penone has explored intimate, sensate, and metaphysical connections with nature: carving large trees along their growth patterns to reveal the sapling contained within; elaborating the interior space of his closed hand into a large-scale sculpture that both contains his hand and enlarges the space it contains; rendering the swirling mists of his breath in the cold in tactile clay forms that contain the impression of his body
Penone speaks in conjunction with his Nasher exhibition, Giuseppe Penone: Being the River, Repeating the Forest, the first U.S. museum exhibition of the artist’s work in over thirty years.
“I feel forest breathing/and hear the inexorable growth of the wood… / I match my breathing to that of the green world around me.” --Giuseppe Penone, 1968
Sponsored by Sylvia Hougland.
Supported in part by: City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs