Richard Bertman: The Sculptures
For over 50 years Richard Bertman has been sculpting, drawing, and leading an architectural practice. Gradually assembling a lifetime's work, Bertman's sculptural creations encompass over 100 works from five decades. The sculptures bear testimony to a boundless energy and the creativity of a Renaissance man, both an artist and a renowned architect.
Christina Lanzl, the author of this catalogue raisonné, delves into process, meaning and interpretation of Bertman's sculptures, shedding light on his creative practice and analyzing each work, while also listening to the artist's voice. He is best known for his whimsical mechanical sculptures. Man, and machine are Bertman's central foci, resulting in two major groupings: kinetic objects primarily activated by electric motors and figurative portraits made from bent wire, welded steel rod, or carved in wood. Complementing these are the early abstract sculptures as well as explorations in other materials, such as copper, bronze or the incorporation of appropriated items from found objects.
Book Launch at the MIT Museum
On Wednesday, June 19, 2019 the MIT Museum hosted the book launch of Richard Bertman: The Sculptures by Christina Lanzl. She was joined by Richard Bertman, artist and co-founder of CBT Architects, and Mark Jarzombek, author of the foreword, professor at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning and the curator of the concurrent exhibition, Drawing, Designing, Thinking: 150 Years of Teaching Architecture at MIT.
The trio of Richard Bertman, Mark Jarzombek and Christina Lanzl led a conversation on the creative synergy between architecture and sculpture, the making and meaning of Bertman’s kinetic objects, wire sculptures and other works. Many of Bertman's works contain an element of humor, which offered opportunity for exploration.
MIT Museum | Book launch
265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | 6 p.m.
BSA Space | BSA Placemaking Network
270 Congress Street, Boston
Monday, September 23, 2019 | 6 p.m.
40th Annual Fort Point Open Studios
300 Summer Street | Studio 23, 2nd floor
Sunday, October 20, 2019 | 4 p.m
Published by Images Publishing + Peleus Press, Richard Bertman: The Sculptures, is available for purchase in the MIT Museum Store.
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