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Roxy Paine: Yield at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

James Cohan Gallery is proud to announce that Roxy Paine’s sculpture, Yield (2011), has been unveiled as a part of the collection of the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, which opens to the public today, November 11th, 2011.James Cohan Gallery is proud to announce that Roxy Paine’s sculpture, Yield (2011), has been unveiled as a part of the collection of the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, which opens to the public today, November 11th, 2011.

“Roxy Paine is one of our nation's most inventive and powerful artists. We at Crystal Bridges are delighted to have engaged him in creating a unique and new major work for our beautiful site,” said Don Bacigalupi, Crystal Bridges’ Director. “Yield will be a most appropriate and evocative work to greet all of our visitors at the new museum."

Roxy Paine’s works are included in major collections all over the world. He is well-known for his stainless steel Dendroids, a term that combines dendron, Greek meaning tree, and -oid, a suffix meaning form. These renowned sculptures, which have been collected and exhibited internationally, are hand-constructed from thousands of stainless steel pipe, plate and rod elements, which have been hydraulically manipulated, cut, bent and welded into branch-like structures resembling trees and other dendritic forms. Yield, a cantilevered form measuring over 45 feet tall, was created as a commission for the museum.

Paine’s long interest in the juxtaposition of nature and industry has brought form to an extensive body of work. Through his Replicants (exacting simulations of fungi and plant-life, an excellent early example of which, Bad Lawn (1998), was also acquired by Crystal Bridges), his machines (a series of works that create paintings and sculptures), and his large-scale Dendroids, Paine explores the collision between the man-made world that we can control and nature’s world that we cannot. Writer Gregory Volk says that the Dendroids fuse, “technology and nature, humanity and impersonal forces, as [they] strive to induce the exhilaration, amazement and awe that are, in certain privileged moments, our route to transcendence.”

For additional images of Yield during installation, please visit Roxy Paine's artist's page.

About Roxy Paine Roxy Paine was born in 1966 in New York and studied at both the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico and the Pratt Institute in New York. Since 1990, his work has been internationally exhibited and is included in major collections such as De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherlands; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. Paine's Dendroid sculptures can be found at various museums and foundations, including the Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, WA; Wanås Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden; the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; and the St. Louis Museum of Art, St. Louis, MO. Roxy Paine lives and works in Brooklyn and Treadwell, NY.

About Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art The mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of landscape, and exploring the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting, interpreting, and preserving outstanding works that illuminate our heritage and artistic possibilities. Founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation, the Museum takes its name from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building design by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. A series of pavilions nestled around two spring-fed ponds will house galleries, meeting and classroom spaces, and a large, glass-enclosed gathering hall. Sculpture and walking trails will link the Museum's 120-acre park and gardens to downtown Bentonville, Arkansas.

Crystal Bridges is currently building its permanent collection through the efforts of its professional staff as well as important gifts from private collectors such as Alice Walton and others. The collection features American masterworks dating from the Colonial era to contemporary times and will be on view to the public year-round. The Museum also will display a changing array of special exhibitions featuring art from museums and collections throughout the region, the nation and abroad.

For further information about Crystal Bridges, please visit http://crystalbridges.org/.

For further information about Roxy Paine, please contact Jane Cohan by e-mail or by telephone at 212.714.9500.