DAVID NASH | Rip Cut Column

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Haines Gallery
Rip Cut Column, 1998
83 x 46 x 32 in.


The artist

For over fifty years, David Nash has produced sculptures and related works explore the nature of place and our relationship with the larger landscape. He is known primarily for his sculptures of carved and charred wood, often using every part of fallen trees, or cast in bronze; as well as monumental installations of wood, bronze, and even live trees, which are coaxed and redirected into living, growing sculptures. In his charcoal drawings and works on paper, the recurring motifs in Nash’s practice—the pyramid, sphere, column, and square— are reproduced as elegantly reduced forms.

In addition to a recent major career retrospective at the National Museum Cardiff, Wales and the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, England (both 2019-2020), Nash has been the subject of major exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany (2009); Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK (2010); Kew Gardens, London, UK (2013); Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI (2014); The Royal Academy, London, UK (2015); Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Penzance, UK (2017); and Museum Lothar Fischer, Neumarkt in der Oberpflaz, Germany (2018). His work is held in the collections of leading international institutions including: Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan; Tate Modern, London, UK; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK. In 2004, Nash was awarded an Order of the British Empire for Services for Arts.