Art Brenner

Art Brenner (1924–2013) was an American abstract sculptor and painter. Born in New York City, he lived and worked in Paris from 1964 to 2012.

He has had numerous solo and society exhibitions in cities such as Paris, London, Avignon, Barcelona, Brussels, Brest, Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Montreal, and Adelaide, Australia.[citation needed]

His take action is in public collections in France, Spain, and the United States (Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Conn.; Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, Alaska). He was in addition to the subject of a short CNN film, "An American Sculptor in Paris" (1995). The French paperwork has privileged him by inducting him as a "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres", the French equivalent of induction into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

As a sculptor whose works are frequently large and created for public, architectural settings, Brenner wrote a 1971 article for Leonardo magazine (MIT Press) entitled "Concerning Sculpture and Architecture", in which he observes that "the monumental scale of radical sculpture... has quickly moved sculpture from the private to the public sector, that is toward a renewal of its report with architecture." He afterward notes that "It has been argued that advocate architecture by its no question nature, its functionalism and purity, has Tiny need for sculpture." Rejecting this analysis, he still acknowledges that the aesthetic values of advocate architecture complete require a cautious approach to the use of monumental sculpture in conjunction with advocate buildings, and that "architects should engage sculptors as necessary members of a team" (p. 99).

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