Thought-Provoking Bronze Art at Lanning in Sedona
Lanning, a Bryant Nagel Gallery, celebrates the career of singular bronze sculptor Howard Hitchcock (1927-2016). The last of the artist’s sculptures will be unveiled in “Howard Hitchcock: Out of a Fiery Furnace” opening 1st Friday, March 2nd, 5:00-8:00pm in Sedona.
Howard Hitchcock devoted decades to perfecting the art of ceramic shell casting. His artistic vision, one informed by humor, satire, even commentary, often belies the seriousness of his skills and intellect. Every remarkable bronze he creates challenges viewers to work out its cleverness. In the artist’s sculptures stylized human forms, and often cars as well, blend into the structure of objects, both imagined and ordinary, and as disparate as train stations and violins. The human forms by Howard Hitchcock form the spokes of wheels, push over-sized envelopes and, in a piece entitled, “On the Cutting Edge,” perch atop a blade.
For thirty-two years Hitchcock shared his knowledge as a university professor of art. “Ceramic shell casting is the most spectacular art process imaginable,” Hitchcock wrote in Out of the Fiery Furnace (William Kaufmann, Inc. 1985), “particularly at the crescendo of a night pour when the glowing, golden stream of liquid bronze flows into the red-hot shell, bringing it to neon incandescence in the dark.”
Sculptures by Howard Hitchcock have been exhibited throughout the United States, Mexico and Japan. He is included in “Who’s Who in American Art.” With the artist’s passing, these are among the very last pieces of Hitchcock’s work that will be available.
“Howard Hitchcock: Out of a Fiery Furnace” runs through March 11.
For additional information and photos of works by Howard Hitchcock, see Facebook.com/LanningGallerySedona or follow Instagram.com/LanningGallery. 928-282-6865, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lanninggallery.com. Located at Hozho, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona, AZ. Open daily: 10-6 Mon-Sat; 11-5 Sun.