Mark di Suvero is the last Abstract Expressionist

Mark di Suvero is a Chinese-born (Shanghai, 1933) Italian-American. His father was the Italian naval attaché in Shanghai.

Di Suvero is an Abstract Expressionist sculptor. He was working in construction in NYC so he started incorporating discarded construction materials into his work. Like Rauschenberg, Di Suvero mined the deconstruction of Lower Manhattan for materials.

Di Suvero broke his back doing construction work. As part of his rehabilitation, he learned to weld. That was something he used later in his art. Di Suvero was also the first artist to use a crane to make sculpture.

Green Gallery

Di Suvero had his first solo exhibition at Richard Bellamy’s Green Gallery in Midtown, Manhattan in 1960.

Park Place

Di Suvero was a co-founder of Park Place in 1962. It was one of New York’s first artist cooperative galleries.

Socrates Sculpture Park

Di Suvero founded Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria, Queens in 1986. His studio is nearby.

Joie de Vivre

Mark di Suvero 'Joie de Vivre' in Zuccotti Park courtesy of Wikipedia Takes Manhattan

Mark di Suvero ‘Joie de Vivre’ in Zuccotti Park courtesy of Wikipedia Takes Manhattan

Joie de Vivre a 70-foot sculpture of “open-ended tetrahedrons” is installed in Zuccoti Park (formerly Liberty Plaza) at Broadway and Liberty St in Manhattan’s Financial District.


Mark di Suvero Sculpture and Painting

Mark di Suvero Sculpture and Painting opens at Paula Cooper Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan with a reception on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 6 – 8 pm. Through February 3, 2018.


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