Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood: 40 YRS
June 30 - October 8, 2018

Above: Roger Phillips (b. 1930) Dimensions of Split Disc on Two Squares, 2013

“40 YRS” is in celebration of “Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood,” of its commitment to preservation and to art, and of its continually expanding and forward-looking vision,” said co-curator Charles C. Davidson. “This show takes from some of the finest sculptors of a century of art-making, presents them outside the traditional gallery or museum space, and creates a relationship between past and present, artist and institution, and, most importantly, between art and viewer.

Co-curator Charles C. Davidson

In 2018, Chesterwood is commemorating forty years of exhibiting outdoor contemporary sculpture at Daniel Chester French’s former home and studio in Stockbridge, MA. The very first Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood exhibition featured George Rickey’s two stainless steel Rickey sculptures: Two Planes, Horizontal and Vertical and One Up, One Down Eccentric.  Forty years later his work continues to be relevant and eagerly sought after for outdoor public spaces and museum collections.  Kinetic sculpture by Rickey and others will be featured in the exhibition at Chesterwood from June 30 – October 8, 2018. 

Chesterwood is notably one of the earliest venues in the United States to showcase large-scale works in an outdoor setting. The idea for a contemporary outdoor sculpture show was initiated at a Chesterwood council meeting in October, 1974.  While the council suggested featuring neo-classical works to reflect the style and legacy of Daniel Chester French, the 1978 inaugural exhibition included ground-breaking abstract works forged from materials such as cement, lucite, and steel. Since then, Chesterwood has exhibited sculpture by almost six hundred emerging and established artists, including Leonard Baskin, Morgan Bulkeley, Herbert Ferber, Glenda Goodacre, Albert Paley, and Richard Stankiewicz.  Following the inaugural exhibition, George Rickey contributed works to six more exhibitions spanning the years from 1985 to 2001.

The 2018 Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood exhibition (free printable map available here) is generously sponsored by the Nancy Woodson Spire Foundation and co-curated by Maxwell Davidson III and Charles Davidson of the Maxwell Davidson Gallery in New York.  Founded in 1968, the Maxwell Davidson Gallery has maintained an involvement in and commitment to the field of kinetic sculpture; the gallery has long established itself as a pioneer in the field of kinetic art worldwide and presented Outdoor Kinetic Sculpture, George Rickey, Pedro S. de Movellán in July 2017.


June 30 – October 8, 2018

Curated by Maxwell Davidson III and Charles C. Davidson, Maxwell Davidson Gallery, NYC

List of Works

Alexander Calder (1898–1976

Crossed Blades (intermediate maquette), 1967

Painted sheet metal

85 x 76 x 87 in.

Courtesy of the Thompson Family Foundation


Stephen Day (b. 1945)

Triple Column Twist, 1982
Painted steel 

144 x 48 x 48 in.

Lent by the artist


Lin Emery (b. 1926)

Octet, 2017

Polished aluminum

150 x 60 in.

Lent by the artist


Pedro S. de Movellán (b. 1967) 

Untitled, 2018

Hard-coated natural anodized aluminum, polyurethane-based automotive painted aluminum, stainless steel

maximum height: 103 in.; maximum swing: 73 in.

Courtesy of the artist and Maxwell Davidson Gallery


Roger Phillips (b. 1930)

Dimensions of Split Disc on Two Squares, 2013

Stainless steel and painted aluminum

94 x 67-1/2 x 49 in.

Lent by the artist


George Rickey (1907–2002)

Open Trapezoids Excentric, One Up One Down, Variation V, 1984

Stainless steel

155 x 22 x 23 in. 

Courtesy of Maxwell Davidson Gallery


George Rickey (1907–2002)

Rectangle and Square, Unfolding, Gyratory, 1995

Stainless steel

height: 171 in., max. 225 in.; width: 86-1/2 in., max. 162 in.; radius: max. 123 in.

Lent by Matthew Bender IV


Kenneth Snelson (1927–2016)

B Tree II, 1981–2008 

Stainless steel

108 x 114 x 130 in.

Marlborough Gallery


Mark di Suvero (b. 1933)

For Lincoln, 2018

Stainless steel

147 x 115 x 70 in.

Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery


Mary Ann Unger (1945–1998)

Unfurling, 1986


19-1/2 x 28-1/2 x 36-1/2 in. 

Mary Ann Unger Estate and Maxwell Davidson Gallery


Mary Ann Unger (1945–1998)

Beehive Temple, 1987

Painted aluminum

51 x 29 x 32 in.

Mary Ann Unger Estate and Maxwell Davidson Gallery  


John Van Alstine (b. 1952)

Sisyphean Holiday XXX, 2015

Riverstone/ galvanized and powder coated steel

73 x 64 x 24 in.

Lent by the artist



June 16 - October 9, 2017

Sharon Bates, Guest Curator

 Matt LeFleur,  The Camp , 2017, wood and paint

Matt LeFleur, The Camp, 2017, wood and paint

Out of Site: Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood
2017's annual contemporary sculpture exhibition, Out of Site: Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood, celebrated Chesterwood as a site for creativity. The exhibition featured the work of 14 artists invited by guest curator Sharon Bates to develop new projects or to adapt existing works that directly respond to the environmental, cultural, and aesthetic attributes of the landscape at Chesterwood. A number of sculptors in the show have exhibited their work nationally and internationally and have been engaged in public commissions. Some of the artists have also exhibited their work at Chesterwood in the past. For others, this was their first opportunity to make site-specific work in an outdoor setting. Artists: Roberley Bell, Roger Bisbing, Colin C. Boyd, Matt Crane, Douglas Culhane, Brian Kane & Michael Oatman, Matt LaFleur, Portia Munson, Derek Parker, Amy Podmore, Chrissy Scolaro, Amelia Toelke and Deborah Zlotsky.
Guest Curator, Sharon Bates.