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Fish Skeleton
 Fayette Street Studio
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A retrospective collection of work by artist an> Kahlil Gibran


Telephone 617-884-9292

214 Arlington Street                                                                                                                                         Fax 617-884-2666

Chelsea, Massachusetts 02150                                                                                                                         nesculpture.com

Contact: Marjee Levine                                                                                                         1/26/12

Tel: (617) 884-9292                                                                                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Email: marjee@nesculpture.com

The Gallery at New England Sculpture Service is proud to announce their current exhibition:


A retrospective collection of work by artist Kahlil Gibran

Kahlil Gibran (1922-2008) was a painter and sculptor born in Boston’s South End where he lived all his life. A student of Karl Zerbe at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Gibran first received acclaim as a magic realist painter in the late 1940’s when he exhibited with emerging artists called the "Boston Expressionists". Named a "master of materials" as both artist and restorer, Gibran turned to sculpture in the mid-fifties. Featuring his work in The Boston Globe magazine, author Gregory McDonald concluded, “Removing the confusion, the mysticism from the name Kahlil Gibran, leaves a sculptor of extraordinary poetic power, utterly concerned with his art, with the double nature that is utterly human, as paradoxical as himself, and, a man with a singular future”. This artist’s insatiable curiosity and technical prowess combined to make him an original, standing alone and defying labels.

Recipient of two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships in 1959 and 1960, along with a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award in 1961, Gibran exhibited his sculpture in museums and galleries throughout the nation. In 1964 his piece, Young Trunk, received the Grand Prize at the Boston Arts Festival, followed by the John Gregory Award for Sculpture from the National Sculpture Society and the gold medal for excellence at the International Show of Religious Art in Trieste, Italy.

Highlighting the rich history and artistic mastery embedded in his art, this exhibition, aptly titled Celebration, is exactly that: a multi-media retrospective that celebrates Kahlil Gibran, his work, and the fundamental nature of life that influenced him. Rebecca Reynolds, former Assistant to Jonathan Fairbanks, Curator Emeritus of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, has summarized his work, "In essence Gibran’s art mirrors his personal search for truth, what the artist characterizes as an almost medieval predilection for humanity’s great dramas dealing with life and death”. This show allows us all an amazing opportunity to interact with and experience a wide variety of Gibran’s works as part of a whole, the combined strength of which is ethereally powerful.

Celebration is currently on display in The Gallery at New England Sculpture Service, Boston’s full-service art foundry. Since opening in 1991, NESS has established itself as the only commercial art foundry in Massachusetts, serving most New England sculptors and many from all over the United States.

There will be a reception Saturday, February 25th from 2:30 -5:30 pm. This special viewing is open to the public from Feb. 25th thru Sept. 15, 2012 and will include guided tours of the foundry describing the lost-wax casting process.

214 Arlington Street
Chelsea, MA   02150
(617) 884-9292

Please see the website for more info and directions: www.nesculpture.com

NOTE: There is some parking available, but please consider public transportation (the Chelsea stop on the Commuter Rail is less than a block from the building).

For more on Kahlil Gibran go to his website: http://www.kahlilgibran.org

If you would like more information about this event please call Marjee Levine at (617) 884-9292 or email marjee@nesculpture.com

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