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Robert Grosvenor, Untitled, 1968–70/2019. Steel and plywood painted white. 12 x 96 x 460 in. Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Museum Purchase with funds from the Ezratti Family Prize for Sculpture. With major support by Mickey Beyer, and additional support provided by Helen Kent-Nicoll and Edward J. Nicoll. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio.
Robert Grosvenor, Untitled, 1968–70/2019. Steel and plywood painted white. 12 x 96 x 460 in. Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Museum Purchase with funds from the Ezratti Family Prize for Sculpture. With major support by Mickey Beyer, and additional support provided by Helen Kent-Nicoll and Edward J. Nicoll. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio.

Robert Grosvenor

May 14 – Nov 21, 2021
Robert Grosvenor

ICA Miami is proud to award the second annual Ezratti Family Prize for Sculpture to artist Robert Grosvenor, whose complex and allusive sculptures engage their respective sites in unexpected ways, provoking profound aesthetic experiences.

Using commonplace materials, monumental scale, and poetic form, Robert Grosvenor has produced some of the most radically unique sculptures of the postwar period. His works maintain a rich historical dialogue with Minimalism while transcending some of its limitations. Grosvenor held his first exhibition in 1965 at Park Place Gallery, New York, which he founded with Mark di Suvero. Already at this time he was generating bold sculptures that challenged the limitations of the medium.

At ICA Miami, Grosvenor will recreate one of his most iconic early works, Untitled (1968). A folded plane made of steel and painted wood and suspended in space, Untitled hovers above the viewer like a giant, abstract architectural canopy, creating a vital tension between its monumental scale and heft and the lightness suggested by its suspension.

Robert Grovesnor (b. 1937, New York) lives and works in New York. His work has been included in seminal exhibitions worldwide, including “Primary Structures” at the Jewish Museum, New York, in 1966, and “Minimal Art” at Den Haag Gementemuseum in 1968. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at the Kunsthalle Bern; Renaissance Society, Chicago; MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York; and the Serralves Foundation, Porto. Grosvenor’s work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Serralves Museum, Porto, among many others.

Inaugurated in 2019, The Ezratti Family Prize for Sculpture is awarded by ICA Miami to a living artist in recognition of their exceptional contributions in the area of sculpture and supports the creation of a new commission. Building on the museum’s history of commissioning and presenting new works, the prize reflects ICA Miami’s ongoing commitment to promoting experimentation in artistic practice and providing an international platform for influential voices in contemporary art. The inaugural recipient of the Ezratti Prize for Sculpture was Damián Ortega.

This exhibition is organized by ICA Miami and curated by Alex Gartenfeld, Artist Director, and Gean Moreno, Director of the Knight Foundation Art + Research Center at ICA Miami.

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Image of a sculpture by Robert Grosvenor, Untitled, 1968–70/2019 at ICA Miami
Robert Grosvenor, Untitled, 1968–70/2019. Steel and plywood painted white. 12 x 96 x 460 in. Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Museum Purchase with funds from the Ezratti Family Prize for Sculpture. With major support by Mickey Beyer, and additional support provided by Helen Kent-Nicoll and Edward J. Nicoll. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio.
Image of a sculpture by Robert Grosvenor, Untitled, 1968–70/2019 at ICA Miami
Robert Grosvenor, Untitled, 1968–70/2019. Steel and plywood painted white. 12 x 96 x 460 in. Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Museum Purchase with funds from the Ezratti Family Prize for Sculpture. With major support by Mickey Beyer, and additional support provided by Helen Kent-Nicoll and Edward J. Nicoll. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio.
Image of a sculpture by Robert Grosvenor, Untitled, 1968–70/2019 at ICA Miami
Robert Grosvenor, Untitled, 1968–70/2019. Steel and plywood painted white. 12 x 96 x 460 in. Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Museum Purchase with funds from the Ezratti Family Prize for Sculpture. With major support by Mickey Beyer, and additional support provided by Helen Kent-Nicoll and Edward J. Nicoll. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio.