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UK Art Museum Acquires Equine Artwork

Contact: Ralph Derickson

Photo of "EastWest" sculpture by Deborah Butterfield
"EastWest"

“EastWest” is on display in the museum’s permanent collection galleries. The acquisition was made possible through the generosity of the Collectors, a patrons acquisition group that uses club funds to purchase works for the museum’s collection.

 

May 16, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The University of Kentucky Art Museum has acquired an equine work of art for its permanent collection titled “EastWest.” The artwork is a bronze sculpture by Deborah Butterfield evocative of a horse.

Butterfield is a Montana sculptor who concentrates on rendering the expressive gesture and presence of horses. She assembles found materials — sticks, logs, plant forms — into evocative sculptures of horses. Her earliest works were huge plaster mares, followed by a series of horses made of sticks and mud, scrap metal, and steel. In more recent years, she began emphasizing linear elements, as if she were making drawings in space.

Her current works, such as “EastWest,” are bronze casts. Constructed from found wood and organic materials, Butterfield casts each horse in sections, welds the bronze sections together, and then individually patinas each element to resemble the weathered pieces of wood that served as her inspiration.

“EastWest” is on display in the museum’s permanent collection galleries. The acquisition was made possible through the generosity of the Collectors, a patrons acquisition group that uses club funds to purchase works for the museum’s collection.

The Art Museum is open noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Friday. It is closed Monday and university holidays. You can visit the Art Museum Web site.


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