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American Vistas: The Life and Art of John Van Alstine by Tim Kane
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For nearly 50 years, John Van Alstine has created abstract sculptures forged with stone and steel. At their essence, they explore natural forces and human-made elements, conveying the American experience as the confluence/conflict between wilderness and industrialization.
Written as a companion piece to John Van Alstine: Sculpture 1971-2018, released in 2019 by The Artist Book Foundation (TABF), American Vistas: The Life and Art of John Van Alstine, not only highlights and offers a critical assessment of his art, but it delves into biographic elements that drive his creative process and reveals the person as much as the art. Combined, they are meant to be a singular and complete examination on one of the most important sculptors in the last half century.
About The Speaker:
Tim Kane is an award-winning journalist covering numerous topics from business to the arts for over 30 years. In 2003, he began focusing on visual culture, writing reviews and features on artists primarily in Upstate New York, for various publications, including Art In America, Art News, SCULPTURE Magazine, Adirondack Life, Frieze, Albany Times Union, Houston, Santa Fe and Palm Springs magazines, while also teaching American Studies at Empire State College. Among other projects, he catalogued John Van Alstine’s work in 2014-15 and contributed one of the two main essays in John Van Alstine Sculpture 1971-2018.
About the Artist:
John Van Alstine grew up in the southern Adirondack Mountains. He attended St. Lawrence University and then Kent State University where he earned his BFA. After earning his MFA from Cornell University in 1976, he joined the faculty at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, and later at the University of Maryland, College Park, to teach drawing and sculpture. In 1986, he moved to NYC area to pursue studio work full time. He now lives and works in a restored historic structure in the Adirondacks. Van Alstine’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States (including more than 45 solo exhibitions) as well as in Europe and Asia. Three of his sculptures are in the ADKX’s permanent collection.