Beverly Pepper, Paraclete
Beverly Pepper is an internationally renowned sculptor whose prolific career spans the course of four decades. Her works are mainly large-scale, public-space, outdoor installations and interventive earthworks. Her materials are often integrated into a landscape, which include stainless steel, steel, bronze, cast iron, and other industrial metals that often tend to compliment and contrast with the environment.
Paraclete features a Cor-Ten steel pyramid structure that sits upon a concrete base (originally wood), set into the grass. This pointed triangular element is repeated in the "entrance", a small opening in which there is room for one viewer to face inward into darkness, or peer outwards towards the landscape. This work is characteristic of large, minimalist steel works of the time; the cold heavy metal provides an anchor on the landscape as the apex directs the viewer towards the sky.
Beverly Pepper's works have been exhibited and collected by major museums around the world, including the The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the White House Sculpture Garden, the Hirschhorn Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., Les Jardins du Palais Royal in Paris, the Palazzo degli Uffizi in Florence, and numerous other national museums in Europe and Asia. She is a recipient of The Alexander Calder Prize, and with Nancy Holt, the International Sculpture Center's 2013 Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award.
Paraclete was discussed in depth during Curatorial Conversations: Modernist Metal on May 15, 2020. Watch the video archive here: