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Blue Mountain Gallery

Cornelia Kubler Kavanagh
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September 5-30, 2006
Reception: Thursday,  September 7, 5-8pm
Gallery hours: 11-6, Tuesday - Saturday

A solo exhibition based on tsunami waves by sculptor Cornelia Kubler Kavanagh will be featured at Blue Mountain Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001, September 5 ­ 30, 2006.  Created in response to the Indian Ocean tsunamis of December 26, 2004, Kavanagh's TSUNAMI PROJECT attempts to reconcile the paradox of phenomena that are both instruments of destruction and forms of natural beauty. 

"Trying to express the terrifying energy of the tsunami maelstrom has challenged me to make sculpture reconciling water's capacity for devastation with its inherent fluid grace," says Kavanagh, who represented the US Virgin Islands Council on the Arts at the 2005 Venice Biennale. "The challenge of conveying my emotional reaction to the waves which cost the lives of over 240,000 people has been both complex and rewarding.  I have explored their roiling circularity, and their interior and exterior spaces.  I have imagined being trapped within and tossed about in their relentlessly surging vortexes.  I have tried to imbue the forms with forward-thrusting movement, as well as a minimalist sense of transcendental perfection."

Carving in the Modernist tradition of Moore, Hepworth and Brancusi, Kavanagh has focused exclusively on sculpture for the past 20 years.  In addition to the Venice Biennale where she exhibited bronze sculptures honoring her father's seminal treatise on art history called The Shape of Time (George Kubler, Yale University Press, 1961), Kavanagh has had four solo sculpture exhibitions in New York, and has been widely featured in regional gallery and museum shows. 

In October of last year, one of Kavanagh's large bronze castings, VERTICAL EDGE FORM I,
was awarded the first F. Scott Fitzgerald prize by John Hightower at the Port Warwick Art and 
Sculpture Festival in Newport News, Virginia.  In 2004, four of her sculptures were on display at OPENASIA 2004, an exhibition of sculpture and installations in Venice-Lido curated by art critic Chang Tsong-zung and Paolo De Grandis of Arte Communications.  OPENASIA featured the work of 43 artists from 20 countries.

Kavanagh's sculptures have been shown at the Gallery of Contemporary Art at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, the Abigail Adams Smith Museum, New York, NY, the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, CT, where she won "Best Sculpture"  in 1997, the Audubon Birdcraft Museum in Fairfield, CT, the Stamford Museum and Nature Center in Stamford, CT, the University of Hartford Museum in Hartford, CT and the Yale University Medical School Art Gallery in New Haven, CT.  In 2000 she won the Amidor Memorial Award for Stone Sculpture at Art of The Northeast at the Silvermine Guild Arts Center in New Canaan, CT.

Kavanagh works out of studios in Norwalk, CT and St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.  To view the full range of her work visit:

For further information contact:
Marcia Clark, Director
Blue Mountain Gallery
530 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001
(646) 486-4730

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