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Library Artwork

The gallery below showcases artwork and featured artists at our three library branches.  The library also has art you can check out and take home – click here to browse the library’s circulating art collection.

 

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Central Branch: Steel and Aluminum by Alexander Calder

Central Branch: Steel and Aluminum by Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976)
Grosse Pointe Public Library, 10 Kercheval Avenue, Grosse Pointe Farms
1953 : Steel and aluminum

In 1932 Philadelphia-born Alexander Calder created the first of his moving sculptures, which were named “mobiles” by fellow artist Marcel Duchamp. The ingenuity, inventiveness, and humor of Calder’s’ mobiles have made them one of the most popular, enjoyable, and accessible forms of abstract sculpture. They are suspended from a central support, to which are attached various cantilevered arms bearing brightly colored biomorphic shapes. Sensitively balanced, the forms are set into motion by random air currents and seem to dance before the viewer in endless combinations. This work, a gift of W. Hawkins Ferry, was made in Calder’s studio in Roxbury, Connecticut, for the Grosse Pointe Library. While the play here of pure colored shapes and supports, placed at various heights and angles, is typical of Calder’s mobiles, the steel wire that swoops into midair without a shape at its tip is a particularly whimsical and unusual feature. The mobile adds color and movement to the airy space of the main reading room of this library, which is the only building designed by famed Hungarian-American architect Marcel Breuer (b. 1902) to be found in the Detroit area.

(Source: Art in Detroit Public Places by Dennis Alan Nawrocki with Thomas J. Hollerman. Copyright 1980)

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Central Branch: Salute to Knowledge by Lyman Kipp

Central Branch: Salute to Knowledge by Lyman Kipp

Salute to Knowledge

Lyman Kipp
Grosse Pointe Public Library, 10 Kercheval Avenue, Grosse Pointe Farms
1981

Lyman Kipp (b 1929 Dobbs Ferry, New York) is a sculptor and painter who creates pieces that are comprised of strong vertical and horizontal objects and are often painted in bold primary colors recalling arrangements by De Stijl Constructivists. Kipp is an important figure in the development of the Primary Structure style which came to prominence in the mid-1960s.

Kipp was a founding member of ConStruct, the artist-owned gallery that promoted and organized large-scale sculpture exhibitions throughout the United States. Other founding members include Mark di Suvero, Kenneth Snelson, John Raymond Henry and Charles Ginnever.