CHRIS POWELL (American, b. 1957)
    Before All Forget, 1989
    Limestone (in two pieces)
    56 x 43 x 24-1/2 inches (142.2 x 109.2 x 62.2 cm)

    "Initially I had intended to make this large two-piece sculpture out of clay," the artist recalls. "At the time my work was influenced by Henry Moore because that's what we'd been looking at in grad school. The large vertical and horizontal stones relate to each other in a way that suggests a reclining female figure. But as I was working on the limestone the Japanese idea of the upright crane and the horizontal turtle came into my mind. Before I made this sculpture I'd just gotten a grant to build a kiln so that I could make large sculpture in clay. Up to this point I had been using the University's kiln at TCU [Texas Christian University]. But there was not enough room in my studio to build the kiln I needed, so instead I decided to make my new sculptures out of limestone and I used the grant money to buy all the equipment I needed to carve these big stone pieces."

    "Speaking of grants, any time I asked Ted to write me a letter of support for grants or whatever I was doing, he always did. Two years ago, when I was coming up for tenure at TCU, the tenure committee told me that "Ted's letter was over the top." It was so much fun having him in your corner. He was so enthusiastic and so generous."

    Before All Forget was a work he and Mireille installed outside in the yard of their Broad Avenue home. "It was in the garden near the pool," Mireille remembers. "I really liked this piece and it looked wonderful where we had it. Actually there's a long vertical stem underneath the piece, which you sink into the ground to stabilize it. Many people admired this work when they saw it, and were inspired to commission Chris to make pieces for them."

    This important sculpture is located offsite in Fort Worth. The successful bidder is responsible for removal and shipping of this lot from its current location. To view or for further information, please contact the department.

    Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000.

    Condition Report*:

    Some lichen blooms from outdoor exposure, which was intended by the artist. A few scrapes and chips about 4" from ground caused by lawnmower blades. Overall condition good.

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