NORTHAMPTON, MA.- The Smith College Museum of Art presents Augustus Saint-Gaudens: American Sculptor of the Gilded Age, through March 20, 2005. This exhibition, organized by the Trust for Museum Exhibitions, is the largest show of this master sculptor's works ever to tour the Americas. It is comprised of seventy objects: full-sized works, reductions cast in bronze, marbles, plasters, portrait reliefs, cameos and coins. Nine major projects are featured, including Chicago's Abraham Lincoln, the Adams Memorial, the Shaw Memorial, the angels for J. P. Morgan's tomb, the Puritan, and the Diana for the weathervane of Madison Square Garden.
Guest Curators: Henry J. Duffy, Curator, and John H. Dryfhout, Superintendent, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. The Trust for Museum Exhibitions is privileged to mount the first United States tour representing the major projects of the classic American sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The exhibition, which includes full-sized works, reductions and casts of approximately 70 objects, provides an outstanding retrospective of the work of one of Americas greatest virtuoso sculptors. He received commissions for monumental figures from clients across the United States as well as from Europe. Even President Theodore Roosevelt asked Saint-Gaudens to design solid gold 10-dollar and 20-dollar pieces of great beauty and rarity. Touring exhibitions of sculpture such as this monumental collection are rare.
The estate known as Aspet was the artists first haven and studio. With an impressive collection of the artists sculpture, Aspect became, in 1962, a National Historic Landmark and part of the U.S. National Park Service. The majority of the works in the exhibition come from Aspet, the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.