For the past several decades, Tom Otterness has been one of America’s most recognized sculptors, creating playful and yet socially conscious works for parks, plazas, museums, and other civic spaces. A Wichita, Kansas native, Mr. Otterness found his professional footing in New York City in the early 1970s. He attended the independent The Art Students League of New York and took part in the Independent Study Program offered by the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 1977, Tom Otterness joined the artist’s group Collaborative Projects, Inc., which had a strong connection with New York City’s burgeoning street art scene. He was notably involved in organizing a seminal 1980 exhibit called “The Times Square Show” that featured the works of about 50 emerging artists in a multimedia setting, including Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, and Charles and John Ahearn. Mr. Otterness’ visibility as a sculptor increased in the mid-1980s, with his works featured in the Brooklyn Museum’s Working in Brooklyn exhibition, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s “Spectrum: The Generic Figure” exhibition. He also gained international recognition, participating in the “New Trends in Contemporary Sculpture, 10 New Outstanding Sculptors of America and Japan” exhibition held in Tokyo’s Sapporo Art Park. In 1986, Tom Otterness earned his first major public sculpture commission from the Battery Park City Authority in New York. He completed the installation in 1992, which features a number of animal and human figures inhabiting a public northern end of the park. Since the early 1990s, Mr. Otterness has finished a dozen public works in New York and more than 20 public installations in cities across America. A recent project that he has completed is ”Another World”, in the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo of San Jose, California. The installation features a number of cast bronze animals arranged at the zoo entrance, including a feline, a snake, a parrot, a mother pig with piglets, a turtle, and an capybara wearing high heels and pearls. Tom Otterness has taken numerous pictures of his public works, which are featured at the website tomotterness.net.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York Whitney Museum of American Art, New york Guggenheim Museum, New York Eli Broad Family Foundation, Los Angeles Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida The Brooklyn Museum, New York Kemper Art Museum, Kansas City, Missouri San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga Gateway Foundation, St. Louis, Missouri Arts Council of Indianapolis Nassau County Museum, Roslyn Harbor, New York Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh Dallas Museum of Art, Texas Israel Museum, Jerusalem IVAM Center Julio Gonzalez, Valencia, Spain The Miyagi Museum of Art, Sendai, Japan Museo Tamayo, Mexico City Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina
1985 - Present
2007 Tom Otterness The Public Unconscious, Marlborough Gallery Chelsea, New York 2006 Tom Otterness in Grand Rapids, The Gardens to The Grand, Grand Rapids, Michigan Tom Otterness in Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills City Hall, Beverly Hills, California 2005 Tom Otterness in Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana 2004 Several strange object, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, California Tom Otterness on Broadway, 25 bronze sculptures installed over 108 city blocks 2003 BOMBEATER, Skoto Gallery, New York 2002 See No Evil, Marlborough Gallery, New York Free Money and Other Fairy Tales, Marlborough Gallery, New York, (catalogue) Free Money and Other Fairy Tales, Marlborough Gallery Chelsea, New York, (catalogue) 1999 Marlborough Gallery, Madrid, Spain (catalogue) John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco (catalogue) 1998 Palm Beach Community College Museum of Art, Lake Worth, Florida 1997 Marlborough Gallery, New York (catalogue) Life Underground, Battery Park City Authority, New York 1996 Motel Fine Arts, New York 1995 Recent Sculpture, Doris Freedman Plaza, New York; a project of the Public Art Fund On the Commons, Recent Sculpture, at Metro Tech Center, Brooklyn; a project of the Public Art Fund The Tables, Wichita Art Museum, Kansas Brooke Alexander, New York 1994 Recent Drawings and Small Objects, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL (catalogue with interview) 1993 Galerie Weber, M�nster John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco The Tables, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh 1992 Brooke Alexander, New York 1991 The Tables, Sculptures and Drawings, IVAM Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia. Traveled to Portikus/Senckenbergmuseum, Frankfurt am Main, Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague (essay by Judith Russi Kirshner) Nancy Drysdale Gallery, Washington, DC 1990 James Corcoran Gallery, Santa Monica and Brooke Alexander, New York (essay by Hayden Herrera) The Tables, Lannan Foundation, Los Angeles 1987 Projects, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (essay by Linda Shearer) John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA 1986 Tom Otterness, PPG Plaza, Pittsburgh (essay by Vicky A. Clark) 1985 Brooke Alexander, New York