Biography

ARTIST STATEMENT:

My art is concerned with nature in its primary aspect,

the patterns of physical forces in three dimensional space.

 

Contact Kenneth Snelson at k_snelson@mac.com.

 

BORN:

1927 Pendleton, Oregon, U.S.A.

STUDIES:

University of Oregon, Eugene, Or.; Black Mountain College, Black Mountain, N.C.; Chicago Institute of Design, Chicago, IL.; Fernand Leger, Paris

SELECTED ONE MAN SHOWS

2011 New York City Panoramas, Marlborough Gallery, New York
2009 Forces Made Visible, Marlborough Gallery, Chelsea, New York
2006 Jardin du Palais Royal, Paris (with George Rickey)
2003 Marlborough Gallery, New York
2003 Laurence Miller Gallery, New York
1999 Marlborough, Chelsea, New York
1998 Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York
1995 Contemporary Sculpture Center, Tokyo
1994 Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York
1994 Laurence Miller Gallery, New York
1994 Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, New York
1993 Yoh Art Gallery, Osaka, Japan
1992 Contemporary Sculpture Center, Tokyo, Japan
1991 Yoh Art Gallery, Osaka, Japan
1990 Zabriskie Gallery, New York
1990 National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
1989 New York Academy of Sciences, New York, N.Y.
1986 Zabriskie Galleries (Both New York and Paris.)
1984 De Cordova and Dana Museum and Park, Lincoln, Mass.
1981 Zabriskie Gallery, New York
1981 Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Wash. D.C.
1981 Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.
1977 Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany
1977 Nationalgalerie, Berlin
1971 Kunstverein, Hannover, Germany
1970 Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf
1969 Rijksmuseum Kroller-Muller, Otterlo, Holland
1968 Bryant Park, New York
1966 Dwan Gallery, New York

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2012 Atlanta Botanical Gardens
2008 Geometry As Image, Robert Miller Gallery, NY
2008 Digital Stone Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
2002 Marlborough Gallery, NY
1999 Stamford Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
1999 Neuberger Biennial Exhibiton of Public Art, Purchase NY
1999 Nassau County Sculpture Exhibition
1995 Japan, U.S., Photography, Takashimaya Gallery, N.Y.NY
1994 Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition, Honolulu, Hawaii
1991 SIGGRAPH computer art exhibition.
1989 Digital Visions, Ohio Wesleyan University
1988, 1989, 1990 SIGGRAPH computer art exihibitions.
1988 Computers and Art, IBM Gallery, New York
1987 The Arts at Black Mountain College, Gray Gallery, N.Y
1983 The Great East River Bridge,The Brooklyn Museum/Brooklyn, N.Y.
1983 Big Pictures, The Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.,N.Y.
1980 Hayward Gallery, London
1979 Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.
1971 Sonsbeek ’71, Arnhem, Holland
1970 Sammlung Etzold, Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologn
1970 Salon International de Galeries Pilotes, Lausanne
1970 Expo ’70, Osaka, Japan
1969 Twentieth Century Art from the Rockefeller Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York
1968 Prospect ’68, Dusseldorf
1968 Plus by Minus: Today’s Half Century, Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo, N.Y.
1967 Sculpture of the Sixties, Los Angeles County Museum
1966 Sculpture Annual, Whitney Museum, N.Y.

PUBLICATIONS

“A Design for the Atom,” Industrial Design, Feb., 1963
“Proprietary Protection,” Progressive Arch. Jn, 1963
“How Primary is Structure,” Art Voices, Summer,1966
Discontinuous Compression Structures, Feb., 1965 U.S. Patent #3,169,611
Model for Atomic Forms, October, 1966, U.S. Patent #3,276,148
Model for Atomic Forms, July, 1978, U.S. Pat.#4,099,339
Portrait of an Atom, 1981
Kenneth Snelson, The Nature of Structure, N.Y. Academy of Sciences, 1989
“Quantum Universe” Portion of Smithsonian World television production, 1990
Full Circle, book of panoramic photographs. Aperture, 1990
“Toward a Computer Generated Atom”, pp 835-844, Conference Proceedings, National Computer Graphics Conference, ’91
“Kenneth Snelson: Forces Made Visible”  Monograph. Hard Press Editions, 2009
“The art of tensegrity” International Journal of Space Structures Issue 2-3  Vol.27

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

2002 The Elizabeth N. Watrous Prize, National Academy of Design, New York, NY
2001 City of Osaka Civic Enviornment Award, Osaka, Japan
1999 Lifetime Achievment Award, International Sculpture Center, U.S.
1999 Biennial Honoree, Neuberger Mus. of Art, Purchase, NY
1994 Membership, American Academy of Arts & Letters.
1991 American Institute of Architects, Kansas City; Biennial Artist’s Award
1989 Award, Prix Ars Electronia, Linz, Austria.
1987 American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, Art Award.
1985 Honorary Doctorate, Arts and Humane Letters Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.
1981 American Institutes of Architects’ Medal.
1976 DAAD Fellowhship for Berlin Kunstlerprogram
1974-1987 Advisory Board, Public Arts Fund, N.Y.
1974 Reynolds Metal Sculpture Award
1974 National Endowmnt for the Arts and Iowa City Sculpture Competition.
1971 New York State Council on the Arts Sculpture

 

ARTICLES:

Dore Ashton, “Jeunes talents de la sculpture Americaine” Aujourd’hui (Paris) Dec.1966/Jan.1967
Gregory Battcock, “Kenneth Snelson, Dialogue between Stress and Tension at Dwan,” Arts Magazine, Feb. 1968
John Coplans, “An Interview with Kenneth Snelson,” Artforum, Mar. 1967
Stephan Kurtz, “Kenneth Snelson: The Elegant Solution,” Art News, October, 1968
Lazlo Glozer, “Structur und Spannung,” Catalogue, Kunstverein, Hannover, April, 1971
Emmie Donadio, “Kenneth Snelson,” Arts Magazine, Feb. 1975
Deborah Perlberg, “Snelson and Structure.” Artforum, May, 1977
“Snelson: tensione e compressione,” Carta Bianca, March, 1978
Howard Fox, “Kenneth Snelson: Portrait of an Atomist,” catalogue, Hirshhorn Museum, 1981
Richard Whelan “Kenneth Snelson: Straddling the abyss between art and science,” Art News, Feb. 1981
Martica Sawin, “Kenneth Snelson: Unbounded Space,” Arts Magazine, September, 1981
Charles Hagen “Full Circle,” Camera Arts, Jan./Feb. 1982
Eleanor Heartney, “Designs on the Universe,” Contemporanea International Art Magazine, April 1990.
Joelle Bentley, “Art/Science, Science/Art,” Print magazine, May/June 1990
“Kenneth Snelson at Marlborough Chelsea” Review Magazine, February 1999 by Mark Daniel Cohen

SELECTED COLLECTIONS:

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.

Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama

Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Australia

City of Baltimore

City of Buffalo

City of Hamburg, Germany

City of Hannover, Germany

City of Iowa City

City of San Diego

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio

Dallas Museum of Fine Arts

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

Hallmark Cards, Inc, Kansas City, Mo.

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

Grand Rapids, MI

The Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, Tenn.

JT Building, Toranomon, Tokyo, Japan

Japan Iron and Steel Federation, Osaka, Japan

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Milwaukee Art Institute, Milwaukee, Wisc.

Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble, France

Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh

Museum of Modern Art, New York

New Jersey State Museum, Trenton

Daibiru Building, Osaka, Japan

Osaka Prefecture University, Osaka Japan

Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon

Princeton, N.J. The Art Museum

Rijksmuseum Kroller-Muller, Otterlo, Holland

Rijksmuseum, Staedelijk, Amsterdam, Holland

Shiga Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan

J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky

Stanford University, Palo Alto, California

Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wakayama Museum of Art, Wakayama, Japan

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany