Shape and Shadow: The Sculpture of Larry Kagan

JANUARY 19—JUNE 9, 2019

For more than forty years, Troy sculptor and retired Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor Larry Kagan has been shaping and molding, casting and bending. Whether acrylic, salvaged scrap steel, or light itself, Kagan has been fascinated with shapes, textures, and the interplay of light and shadow. Tactility and touch have also driven his creativity: “The sense of touch is critical for me and I take great pleasure in physically whipping materials into shape.”

Shape and Shadow: The Sculpture of Larry Kagan is a retrospective exhibition that will feature fifty works from three distinctive phases of Kagan’s career: the 1970s cast acrylic sculptures that reflect and refract light; the found steel works from the 1980s and 90s that play with texture, pattern, and shape; and, more recently, the shadow pieces that rely on strategically positioned steel rods to sculpt light.

A catalogue will accompany the exhibition and document the three phases of Kagan’s career.

(Left to Right) Spike, Larry Kagan, 1977, cast acrylic, artist collection; Larry Kagan installing work in Troy, New York studio; Light Bulb, Larry Kagan, 2013, light and steel wire, artist collection. Photographs by Gary Gold

Exhibition Support

Major support provided by Jean & Peter Maloy, Lawrence & Louise Marwill, the Sonneborn Family, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Season exhibition support is provided by Phoebe Powell Bender, Mr. and Mrs. George R. Hearst III, Charles M. Liddle III, and Lois and David Swawite.

Exhibition Events & Programs

Winter Exhibitions Reception | special event | Friday, January 25, 201 | 5—7PM | free for museum members, $10 non-members | RSVP online

Shape and Shadow: The Sculpture of Larry Kagan | artist talk | Sunday, January 27, 2019 | 2PM | included with admission

Lively Lines! | vacation art break | Tuesday, February 19-Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 9AM—12PM | $50 members, $65 non-members | Register online