Off the Wall: One Hundred Years of Sculpture features more than thirty works of sculpture from the Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition highlights the “unconventional” in twentieth- and twenty-first century sculpture—a period in European and American art in which traditional ideas about sculpture and painting were being challenged. Moving off the wall and into the three-dimensional gallery space, the artists in this exhibition reimagine the divisions between two- and three-dimensional media in the visual arts. The artistic processes and variety of materials on view comment on the boundaries, which typically divide painting from sculpture.
The exhibition showcases works that in various ways embrace the strange. These works feature a wide variety of materials, from marble and bronze, to more unconventional materials such as recycled paper, found objects, and even bones. Off the Wall features a number of significant twentieth- and twenty-first-century artists, and many of the Museum’s absolute highlights: among these are works by Alexander Calder, Alfonso Ossorio, David Smith, Frank Stella, Lisa Hoke, and many others. This exhibition brings these invigorating groups of artists and objects together in one space for the first time.
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Frank Stella (American, b. 1936). The Spirit–Spout, 1988. Oil and enamel on aluminum, fiberglass, corrugated aluminum, and wood, with metal fixtures. Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Museum purchase with funds donated by Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Westheimer, Sr., with additional funds from the Museum Acquisition Trust, 2001.017