Beethoven's Quartet (2016-01-12) by Erik Petersen, PhotographerTippet Rise Art Center
Created in 2003 by Mark di Suvero, Beethoven's Quartet measures 25' x 30' x 23' and weighs 25,000 pounds.
Widely recognized as one of the most influential artists of his generation to emerge from the abstract expressionist era, Mark di Suvero revolutionized the world of sculpture and profoundly influenced fields such as modernist architecture, design and land art. His large scale steel sculptures, breaking away from the walls of museums, are meant to be experienced outside. His work transcends time and space, opening ideas about the relationship between art and nature. Tippet Rise is proud to present di Suvero’s Beethoven’s Quartet, chosen for its connection with the composer’s seminal work. Juxtaposed against the Beartooth Mountains, the piece offers viewers a dialogue of Titans, between Earth and Sky. Learn more at www.spacetimecc.com.
Beethoven's Quartet was originally part of the collection at Storm King Art Center in New York's Hudson Valley.
The sculpture was installed at Tippet Rise in 2015.
di Suvero prides himself on his hands-on approach to the fabrication and installation of his work.
The Making of Beethoven's Quartet (2015-09-09) by Tippet Rise StaffTippet Rise Art Center
Beethoven's Quartet (2016-12-01) by Tippet Rise Staff, PhotographerTippet Rise Art Center
While the sculpture was crafted from steel I-beams, the hanging element is stainless steel. The hanging element alone weighs 7,000 pounds.
White Out at Beethoven's Quartet (2017-01-17) by Djuna ZupancicTippet Rise Art Center
"A current of sound runs through my bones. Mallet in hand, I stand inside the scaffolding of a massive steel sculpture, on a grassy hilltop, in the middle of nowhere, which feels, right now, like the center of the universe. Artist Mark di Suvero equipped his installation 'Beethoven’s Quartet' with mallets almost as a challenge: how wild do I dare to be?" -National Geographic Traveler
Reverence: Beethoven's Quartet by Mark di Suvero (2017-01-23) by Sculpture: Mark di Suvero, Beethoven’s Quartet (2003)Tippet Rise Art Center
Beethoven's Quartet (2016-10-10) by Aja Sherrard, PhotographerTippet Rise Art Center
"The sculpture stands as a homage to the mysterious artifacts of art, which measures the achievement of humanity as much as any other method, such as science or math."
-Tippet Rise co-founder, Peter Halstead
Beethoven's Quartet (2017-07-04) by Erik Petersen, PhotographerTippet Rise Art Center
...an homage to some, a source of pure joy and inspiration to others...
Beethoven's Quartet (2017-08-22) by Erik Petersen, PhotographerTippet Rise Art Center
Beethoven's Quartet is at the head of Arney Canyon, a gentle bowl with waving grasses.
Beethoven's Quartet at Night (2016-03-24) by Andre Costantini, PhotographerTippet Rise Art Center
It is one of the great advances in modern sculpture, and a milestone in Mark di Suvero's career.
Photography by: Erik Petersen, Andre Costantini, Aja Sherrard, Peter Halstead
Writing by: Alexis Adams
Exhibit by: Emily Rund, Sarah Lanier
Sculpture by: Mark di Suvero
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