September 15, 2021
Thaddeus Mosley in Forest
at Baltimore Museum of Art
October 17, 2021—March 27, 2022
Thaddeus Mosley: Forest, opening October 17, is a focus exhibition of monumental abstract wood sculptures by the Pittsburgh-based artist.
Thaddeus Mosley transforms wood into inventive abstract forms inspired by the visual culture of the African diaspora, jazz, and the 20th century modernist avant-garde. Using masterful woodworking techniques such as carving, chiseling, and joinery, Mosley reworks felled timber from the Pittsburgh area into monumental biomorphic expressions. The artist was nicknamed “the forest” by abstract painter Sam Gilliam, who noted he is the “keeper of old trees, round trees, big trees, heavy trees.” The BMA’s exhibition will feature five recent large-scale walnut sculptures centered in the John Waters Rotunda, offering visitors a unique opportunity to circumnavigate Mosley’s dazzling abstractions and highlighting the artist’s singular technique.
Thaddeus Mosley (b. 1926, New Castle, PA) is a Pittsburgh-based artist whose monumental sculptures are crafted with the felled trees of Pittsburgh’s urban canopy. Mosley’s work has been exhibited and acquired by major museums and foundations since 1959, including the Art Institute of Chicago, High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Brooklyn Museum in New York, Mattress Factory Museum in Pittsburgh, and the 57th Carnegie International (2018) at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.
Thaddeus Mosley: Forest is curated by Jessica Bell Brown, BMA Associate Curator of Contemporary Art. The exhibition is generously supported by the Art Fund established with exchange funds from gifts of Dr. and Mrs. Edgar F. Berman, Equitable Bank, N.A., Geoffrey Gates, Sandra O. M
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