Perre's Ventaglio III

Photo: Paul Macapia

Perre's Ventaglio III


Beverly Pepper

American, 1924 - 2020

One of the first sculptors of her generation to be captivated by the possibilities of industrial materials and geometric forms, Beverly Pepper achieved a cool objectivity in Perre's Ventaglio III, which reveals no trace of the artist's hand or process, but possesses the sleek appearance of a manufactured object. Light heightens the optical effect of the sculpture, whose surface reflects the surrounding natural environment, a striking contrast with the opaque blue enamel paint on the interior of each cubic form.
Stainless steel and enamel
94 x 80 x 96 in. (238.8 x 203.2 x 243.8cm)
Gift of Jon and Mary Shirley, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum
Provenance: Artist; Jon and Mary Shirley, Medina, Washington, donated to SAM 2005
Photo: Paul Macapia
Now on view at the Olympic Sculture Park

Stainless steel, polished to a mirror finish. The idea is that from whatever angle you view it, the voids seem filled and the solids seem empty.

Beverly Pepper


Published ReferencesCorrin, Lisa Graziose et al. "Olympic Sculpture Park." Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 2007, illus. p. 52

Ishikawa, Chiyo, ed. "A Community of Collectors: 75th Anniversary Gifts to the Seattle Art Museum." Seattle: Seattle Art Museum, 2007, illus. p.96

Kangas, Matthew, "Sculpture", October 2007, Vol 26, No. 8

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