Beverly Pepper | Kayne Griffin Corcoran

by Niza Metoyer

Inspired by the poem written by Frank O’Hara “New Particles From The Sun” an exhibition presented by Kayne Griffin Corcoran as the gallery’s second solo exhibition of work by, 96 year-old American born, Italy based sculptor, Beverly Pepper. Opening Reception will take place Saturday, Jan. 12 from 5-7p.m. 

Similar to the poem Pepper attempts to draw together logic and fantasy through the use of minerals and mythological inspiration. Her unique take on metals shines through in this intuitively curated collection, shaping metal like clay. Pepper spoke of 1962 where she was one of ten sculptors invited to participate in the momentous exhibition Sculture nella città (Sculptures in the City), for the Festival of the Two Worlds in Spoleto. This spectacular moment fast-tracked her to what we know today. In Pepper’s conversation with Judith Olch Richards, as part of her oral history for the Archives of American Art, Pepper said, “it was an absolute, seminal period of my life. It formed me. Remember, I was the only woman working in these factories as an artist for Spoleto. This was an extraordinary group of artists. I was getting another education. Because remember, I didn’t study sculpture. I didn’t’ study welding.” 

Beverly Pepper at Kayne Griffin Corcoran, January 12- March 9

1201 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90019


Photographs courtesy the artist and Kayne Griffin Corcoran/ Flying Studio