Sonoma Valley Museum of Art in cooperation with Winfield Gallery Showcases Works by Albert Paley: Thresholds

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, in cooperation with Winfield Gallery, is proud to present Thresholds works by Albert Paley. Albert Paley (born 1944) is an American modernist metal sculptor. Initially starting out as a jeweler, Paley has become one of the most distinguished and influential metalsmiths in the world. Within each of his works, three foundational elements stay true: the natural environment, the built environment, and the human presence. Paley is the first metal sculptor to receive the coveted Institute Honors awarded by the American Institute of Architects, the AIA’s highest award to a non-architect. “the allure of Paley’s art comes through its intrinsic sense of integration of art and architecture,” as one noted architect stated. This exhibition will explore Paley’s process and will feature large-scale sculptures, drawings, and maquettes. Works are available through Winfield Gallery.

“Albert has taken rigid, hard and unforgiving material and transformed it into a moving elastic vision.”

—Christopher Winfield, Director, Winfield Gallery

Commissioned by both public institutions and private corporations, Paley has completed more than 50 site-specific-works. Some notable examples are the Portal Gates for Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, a ceremonial archway in Philadelphia, the Portal Gates for the New York State Chambers in Albany, Sentinel, a monumental plaza sculpture for Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as a 65-foot sculpture for the entry court of Bausch and Lomb’s headquarters in Rochester, NY. Recently completed works include three sculptures for the National Harbor development near Washington DC, a 130’ long archway named Animal Always for the St. Louis Zoo, a gate for the Cleveland Botanical Gardens in Cleveland, OH, a sculpture relief for Wellington Place, Toronto, Canada, Threshold, a sculpture for the Corporate Headquarters of Klein Steel, Rochester, NY, and Transformation, a ceremonial entranceway for Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

Pieces by Albert Paley can be found in the permanent collections of many major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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