Synopses & Reviews
This volume is the first full-length examination of the life and art of James Surls, one of Americaand#8217;s most important living sculptors and one of the most distinctive creative forces on the international art scene in the last several decades. In a seminal essay, art historian Mark Thistlethwaite discusses Surlsand#8217;s personal history, beginning in East Texas and continuing today in the Colorado meadows. He describes the creation of Surlsand#8217;s visual language of eyes, knives, diamonds, and flowers and the influences that have shaped him as an artist. In addition, the volume contains an interview with the artist, a tribute by his wife, Charmaine Locke, an artist herself, and commentary by Mark A. Rogland#225;n, curator of the exhibition In the Meadows: Recent Sculpture, Drawings, and Prints of James Surls (January 24-April 20, 2003). Sixty-two black-and-white and ninety-eight color illustrations, including images of early works, are featured in this catalogue, which showcases more than sixty pieces forming the core of the Meadows Museum exhibition.