A photo of Carol Bove in her studio by Jason Schmidt, dated 2019.

The Facade Commission: Carol Bove

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
September 9, 2020–March 30, 2021

It has just been announced that Carol Bove has been commissioned to create new sculptures for The Met Fifth Avenue’s facade niches, the second in a new series of site-specific commissions for the exterior of the Museum. Debuting September 9, 2020, The Facade Commission: Carol Bove takes place during the Museum’s 150th anniversary, and will be on view through March 2021.

The second artist in this series of commissions for the exterior of the museum, “Bove’s keen attunement to art history and the legacies of modernist and minimalist sculpture will make for a fascinating contrast with the Facade,” says Max Hollein, Director of The Met.⁣

Bove, whose work was recently presented in the Arsenale exhibition at the 58th Venice Biennale, makes sculptures that incorporate found and constructed elements with a unique formal, technical, and conceptual inventiveness. One of the foremost contemporary artists working today, Bove has consistently challenged and expanded the possibilities of formal abstraction. Her work for The Met facade will animate the constrained architectural framing of the Beaux-Arts facade with colorful stylized abstractions,” says Sheena Wagstaff, the museum's Leonard A. Lauder Chairman of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Image: Carol Bove in her studio, 2019. Photo by Jason Schmidt



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