The Artist Responds: Albert Paley and Art Nouveau
Albert Paley has been working as an artist for over 40 years, creating work influenced by the Art Nouveau period. He is the first metal sculptor to receive the coveted Institute Honors awarded by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the AIA’s highest award to a non-architect.
Commissioned by both public institutions and private corporations, Paley has completed more than 50 site-specific works. Some notable examples are the Portal Gates for the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, Synergy, a ceremonial archway in Philadelphia, the Portal Gates for the New York State Senate Chambers in Albany, three sculptures for the National Harbor development near Washington DC, a 130’ long archway named Animals Always for the St. Louis Zoo, and a gate for the Cleveland Botanical Gardens in Cleveland, OH. Paley’s sculptures can be found in the permanent collections of many major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Racine Art Museum.
RAM’s 2004 exhibition The Artist Responds: Albert Paley and Art Nouveau featured works from Paley’s personal collection in addition to pieces from the museum's collection that were influenced by this period. This similarly titled publication was produced to accompany the exhibition.
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