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Clement Meadmore Perdido

Clement Meadmore, American, born Australia, 1929–2005

COR-TEN steel
Gift of Jay R. Schochet, Dartmouth Class of 1952, and his wife, Suzette D. Schochet
Photo by Eli Burakian

The Australian–born artist Clement Meadmore is best known for the large-scale outdoor sculptures that he made after moving to New York in 1963. Meadmore was influenced by minimalism, an artistic movement that attempted to avoid references to anything other than pure form, but he diverged from the minimalist tradition through the dynamic sense of physical movement with which he imbued his sculptures. The artist also insisted his work differed from minimalism because he created it intuitively, without a preconceived form. Meadmore's sculpture is also characterized by its monumental scale and seemingly weightless gracefulness, as seen in Perdido, a complex, abstract composition made from COR-TEN steel, which was the artist's preferred medium due to its natural, rusted exterior and resemblance to unused industrial beams. Meadmore created a balanced, organic arrangement in Perdido using three enormous steel beams and a concrete base, from which the central form projects powerfully into space, while the other two structures curve gracefully away from one another, thus lending a sense of symmetry and movement to the work. Meadmore was deeply influenced by the improvisation and syncopated rhythms of jazz, which inspired the title for this work, which was named for a musical composition by Juan Tizol that was recorded by Duke Ellington in 1941.

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Michael Taylor discusses Clement Meadmore's Perdido.

Last Updated: 8/31/15