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        • Clement Meadmore 1929-2005 Modernist Art Sculpture
          Nov. 29, 2023

          Clement Meadmore 1929-2005 Modernist Art Sculpture

          Est: $1,000 - $3,000

          Clement Meadmore (Australian American, 1929-2005). A limited edition resin composition statue. Titled, "Hearabout." A Postmodern artwork in a curved design with a matte black finish. From an edition of 150. Signed with title and date on base MEADMORE HEARABOUT 1971. Dimensions: 10.25 X 5.75 X 4.5 in. Condition: Good overall condition with age related surface wear from use. Estate fresh to the market. Shipping: Hill Auction Gallery offers in-house ground contiguous USA domestic shipping, excluding New Mexico, for $65 plus insurance. Gallery will refer third party shippers for international buyers. Purchaser pick up available upon request.

          Hill Auction Gallery
        • CLEMENT MEADMORE (1929-2005), Open End 1984
          Nov. 29, 2023

          CLEMENT MEADMORE (1929-2005), Open End 1984

          Est: $25,000 - $30,000

          CLEMENT MEADMORE (1929-2005) Open End 1984 bronze 15.0 x 30.0 x 14.0 cm edition: Artist’s Proof 3/3 (edition of 9) signed, dated and numbered to base: Meadmore '84 AP III/III Tallix Foundry, New York, stamped to base

          Menzies
        • CLEMENT MEADMORE, SCRONCH, 1994
          Nov. 22, 2023

          CLEMENT MEADMORE, SCRONCH, 1994

          Est: $35,000 - $45,000

          CLEMENT MEADMORE (1929 - 2005) SCRONCH, 1994 bronze 23.0 x 28.5 x 21.0 cm edition: 5/8 signed, dated and numbered at base: Meadmore 1994 5/8 dated, numbered and inscribed with title on base: ‘Scronch’ / 1994 5/8 / ART PROVENANCE The Clement Meadmore Foundation, New York David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan, USA Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Chicago, USA, 14 December 2017, lot 7 Private collection, Sydney Deutscher and Hackett, Melbourne, 28 November 2018, lot 45 Private collection, Sydney ESSAY ‘I am interested in geometry as a grammar which, if understood, can be used with great flexibility and expressiveness.’1   One of the most highly regarded and internationally acclaimed Australian artists of his generation, Clement Meadmore remains revered for thoughtful, impeccably executed sculptures that unify pure stark geometry with expressive gesture. Invariably constructed from one single square-sectioned beam that has been bent and coiled to the artistic aim of the artist, indeed his masterful constructions evince a seemingly implausible sense of dynamism and musical rhythm that belies their unyielding medium. Whether monumental outdoor commissions or smaller scale domestic maquettes, Meadmore’s forms typically twist, turn and writhe – their suggested animation thus adding a humanising balance to the all-too-often bland immobility and visual harshness of our modern built environments. As Gibson astutely observes, the opposition between line and mass lies at the very core of Meadmore’s sculptures: ‘…in their form they suggest the rapid motion through space of a limb or body…or the residue of such motion. They have more in common with purely aesthetic things such as a drawn line, than with a recognisable object existing in the world even though, by virtue of their sheer physical bulk and size and scale, they are undeniably that…’2   Bearing a title that evokes the notion of something being crushed, crunched or crumpled, Scronch, 1994 offers a superb example of Meadmore’s constructions from his final decade during which he returned to his dense, coiled sculptures of the 1960s and early 1970s. Such free-flowing exchange of ideas within his own oeuvre was not uncommon for Meadmore, and thus the present maquette is strongly reminiscent of large-scale sculptures such as Hunch, 1974 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) or Clench, 1972 (Kitz Valve Co., Makuhari, Japan. Closely related to works such as Terpsichore, 1993 (Smith College Museum of Art, Massachusetts) and Helix, 1993 (Collection of the artist’s estate), both executed the year prior, Scronch nevertheless departs from the coil configurations of previous decades in its more pronounced Baroque flavour. Evolving in an intuitive manner from a geometric vocabulary in a similar way to a Jazz improvisation, moreover these creations all share unmistakable affinities with the musical genre of which Meadmore was a well-known aficionado; as Gibson suggests, ‘Rhythms gather and are released – they pick up momentum and slow down, begin with sudden intensity and stop with equal abruptness. His sculptures simultaneously suggest uninterrupted flow and caesura.’3   1. Meadmore cited at: https://bluefruitdesign.blogspot.com/2012/01/clement-meadmore-not-just-sculpture.html (accessed October 2023) 2. Gibson, E., The Sculpture of Clement Meadmore, Hudson Hills Press, New York, 1994, p. 52 3. ibid., p. 57 © Meadmore Sculptures, LLC/VAGA. Copyright Agency, 2023

          Deutscher and Hackett
        • § CLEMENT MEADMORE 1929-2005 Catwalk 1988 steel and paint, edition 3 of 3 38.1 x 106.7 x 35.6 cm
          Nov. 21, 2023

          § CLEMENT MEADMORE 1929-2005 Catwalk 1988 steel and paint, edition 3 of 3 38.1 x 106.7 x 35.6 cm

          Est: $45,000 - $65,000

          § CLEMENT MEADMORE 1929-2005 Catwalk 1988 steel and paint, edition 3 of 3 signed, dated and inscribed 'Meadmore '88 3/3' on base 38.1 x 106.7 x 35.6 cm PROVENANCE Clement Meadmore, New York G.E. Corporate Art Collection Modern & Contemporary Art, Heritage Auctions, Dallas, 19 May 2022, lot 77065, illustrated Private Collection, Sydney, acquired from the above

          Smith & Singer
        • CLEMENT MEADMORE THREE CORDED CHAIRS
          Aug. 24, 2023

          CLEMENT MEADMORE THREE CORDED CHAIRS

          Est: $500 - $600

          CLEMENT MEADMORE THREE CORDED CHAIRS Black painted wrought iron frames with original green cotton cording. Rubber ball features with rubber feet. Australia Designed 1952 81h x 42.5w x 49d

          Leonard Joel
        • CLEMENT MEADMORE 1929-2005 Meditation (1974) bronze, edition 2 of 6 100 x 40 x 40 cm
          Aug. 23, 2023

          CLEMENT MEADMORE 1929-2005 Meditation (1974) bronze, edition 2 of 6 100 x 40 x 40 cm

          Est: $100,000 - $140,000

          CLEMENT MEADMORE 1929-2005 Meditation (1974) bronze, edition 2 of 6 signed and inscribed 'Meadmore 2/6' on base 100 x 40 x 40 cm PROVENANCE Clement Meadmore, New York Private Collection, Sydney, acquired from the above LITERATURE Eric Gibson, The Sculpture of Clement Meadmore, Hudson Hills Press, New York, 1994, p. 72 (illustrated, another example)

          Smith & Singer
        • CLEMENT MEADMORE, CROSSING, 1997
          Aug. 16, 2023

          CLEMENT MEADMORE, CROSSING, 1997

          Est: $18,000 - $24,000

          CLEMENT MEADMORE (1929 - 2005) CROSSING, 1997 bronze 18.0 × 28.0 × 20.0 cm edition: 2/8 signed, dated and numbered at base: Meadmore 97 2/8 PROVENANCE Im Obersteg Collection, Basel, Switzerland Stuker Auctions, Zurich, Switzerland Private collection, Sydney Deutscher and Hackett, Sydney, 13 September 2016, lot 64 Private collection, Melbourne © Meadmore Sculptures, LLC/VAGA. Copyright Agency, 2023

          Deutscher and Hackett
        • CLEMENT MEADMORE THREE CORDED CHAIRS
          Aug. 09, 2023

          CLEMENT MEADMORE THREE CORDED CHAIRS

          Est: $700 - $1,000

          CLEMENT MEADMORE THREE CORDED CHAIRS Black painted wrought iron frames with original green cotton cording. Rubber ball features with rubber feet. Australia Designed 1952 81h x 42.5w x 49d

          Leonard Joel
        • Clement Meadmore (Australian/American, 1929-2005) Switchback, 1980
          Jul. 27, 2023

          Clement Meadmore (Australian/American, 1929-2005) Switchback, 1980

          Est: $10,000 - $15,000

          Clement Meadmore (Australian/American, 1929-2005) Switchback, 1980 bronze inscribed Meadmore, dated and numbered 6/6 27 x 15 x 9 inches.

          Hindman
        • The Saints
          Jul. 19, 2023

          The Saints

          Est: $7,000 - $9,000

          Clement Meadmore 1929 - 2005 The Saints  stamped with the foundry mark Morris Singer (lower edge)  bronze  8 by 6¾ in. 20.3 by 17.1 cm. Executed in 1978.

          Sotheby's
        • CLEMENT MEADMORE THREE CORDED CHAIRS
          Jul. 17, 2023

          CLEMENT MEADMORE THREE CORDED CHAIRS

          Est: $1,000 - $1,400

          CLEMENT MEADMORE THREE CORDED CHAIRS Black painted wrought iron frames with original green cotton cording. Rubber ball features with rubber feet. Australia Designed 1952 81h x 42.5w x 49d

          Leonard Joel
        • Clement Meadmore, serigraph, 1972
          May. 17, 2023

          Clement Meadmore, serigraph, 1972

          Est: $500 - $700

          Clement Meadmore (Austrailian-American,1929-2005), "Split Ring 2D", pencil signed, titled, dated and numbered 29/125 along lower margins, slat framed under glass, 34"h x 30"w (total)

          Millea Bros Ltd
        • § CLEMENT MEADMORE 1929-2005 Warm Valley 1994 bronze, edition 3 of 8
          May. 02, 2023

          § CLEMENT MEADMORE 1929-2005 Warm Valley 1994 bronze, edition 3 of 8

          Est: $40,000 - $60,000

          § CLEMENT MEADMORE 1929-2005 Warm Valley 1994 bronze, edition 3 of 8 signed, dated and inscribed 'Meadmore 1994 3/8' on base 19.5 X 42 X 22 cm PROVENANCE Clement Meadmore, New York Private Collection, New York Contemporary Art, Swann Galleries, New York, 12 May 2022, lot 378, illustrated Private Collection, Sydney, acquired from the above

          Smith & Singer
        • CLEMENT MEADMORE / MICHAEL HIRST PRINCIPLE COFFEE TABLE
          Apr. 03, 2023

          CLEMENT MEADMORE / MICHAEL HIRST PRINCIPLE COFFEE TABLE

          Est: $1,000 - $1,500

          CLEMENT MEADMORE / MICHAEL HIRST PRINCIPLE COFFEE TABLE Marble top on brass legs. Australia c 1950s 38h x 107w x 40.5d

          Leonard Joel
        • CLEMENT MEADMORE SIGNED VOLUME
          Mar. 16, 2023

          CLEMENT MEADMORE SIGNED VOLUME

          Est: $30 - $50

          Volume, "The Sculpture of Clement Meadmore", Hudson Hills Press, 1994, signed by Meadmore and inscribed to Dick Polich, 1999. Measures: H 11 1/4" x W 11 1/4"

          Austin York LLC
        • Clement Meadmore (American, 1929-2005), Hereabout, 1971, resin, 9 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 5in (23.5 x 14 x 13cm)
          Feb. 22, 2023

          Clement Meadmore (American, 1929-2005), Hereabout, 1971, resin, 9 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 5in (23.5 x 14 x 13cm)

          Est: $1,500 - $2,000

          Clement Meadmore (American, 1929-2005) Hereabout, 1971 resin inscribed Meadmore, dated and numbered 39/150

          Andrew Jones Auctions
        • CLEMENT MEADMORE (AUSTRAILIA 1929-2005) "OPEN END"
          Feb. 21, 2023

          CLEMENT MEADMORE (AUSTRAILIA 1929-2005) "OPEN END"

          Est: $1,000 - $5,000

          Clement L. Meadmore (AUSTRALIAN / AMERICAN / NEW YORK, 1929 - 2005) limited edition gold patinated Bronze abstract sculpture titled "Open End" mounted atop a rectangular verde granite plinth. Signed, dated 1984 and numbered 4/9 on bronze near base. Measures 5 1/2" height x 13" width x 5 3/4" height overall including base. Provenance: Acquired from South Florida private estate. Previous similar sales: Sotheby's, lot 152 on September 25th, 2018 with a hammer price of $12,500.00 USD, edition number 9 of 9.

          Elite Auctioneers, LLC
        • CLEMENT MEADMORE (1929-2005), Always 1991
          Nov. 23, 2022

          CLEMENT MEADMORE (1929-2005), Always 1991

          Est: $80,000 - $100,000

          CLEMENT MEADMORE (1929-2005) Always 1991 bronze 77.0 x 44.0 x 54.0 cm edition: 1/6 signed, numbered and dated to base: Meadmore 1/6 91

          Menzies
        • CLEMENT MEADMORE Up Ended.
          Nov. 17, 2022

          CLEMENT MEADMORE Up Ended.

          Est: $12,000 - $18,000

          CLEMENT MEADMORE Up Ended. Patinated welded steel, 1969. 1385x380x410 mm; 54 1/2x15x16 1/8 inches. Edition of 4. Fabricated by Lippincott, Inc., North Haven, Connecticut, with the foundry stamp on the underside. Meadmore Sculptures, LLC archives have confirmed that the present work is the third of four in the edition. Provenance: Acquired from Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York, by current owner, private collection, New York. A larger version of Up Ended, made of Cor-ten steel and more than 20 feet long, by Meadmore (1929-2005) is installed near the Art, Design & Architecture Museum on the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara.

          Swann Auction Galleries
        • IN THE STYLE OF CLEMENT MEADMORE SET OF FOUR STOOLS
          Nov. 14, 2022

          IN THE STYLE OF CLEMENT MEADMORE SET OF FOUR STOOLS

          Est: $1,800 - $2,400

          IN THE STYLE OF CLEMENT MEADMORE SET OF FOUR STOOLS Black painted metal frames with coloured cording in orange, red, green, and black. Australia c 1950s 94h x 36w x 47d

          Leonard Joel
        • CLEMENT MEADMORE CHAIR
          Sep. 29, 2022

          CLEMENT MEADMORE CHAIR

          Est: $1,000 - $1,500

          Clement Meadmore leather sling chair with polished chrome metal base. Very good looking chair with just enough patina on the leather to be elegant. Size: 28.5"H x 28.5"W x 25"D

          Ashcroft and Moore
        • Clement Meadmore (Australian 1929-2005) Upcast, 1985
          Sep. 28, 2022

          Clement Meadmore (Australian 1929-2005) Upcast, 1985

          Est: $60,000 - $80,000

          Clement Meadmore (Australian 1929-2005) Upcast, 1985 aluminium with matte black finish from the edition of 6 Height: 100 inches. Property from the Collection of Leonard and Joan Horvitz, Moreland Hills, OH Provenance: Brett Mitchell Collection, Cleveland Acquired by the present owner from the above in 1987 Note to the buyer: This work is currently in situ in Cleveland, OH. The shipment of the work from Cleveland will be at the buyer's expense.

          Hindman
        • Clement Meadmore Sculpture, Caboodle
          Sep. 24, 2022

          Clement Meadmore Sculpture, Caboodle

          Est: $1,000 - $2,000

          Clement Meadmore (Australian 1929-2005) Caboodle, 1988, from the Planar Series, patinated steel and painted rods, signed Meadmore and dated, 1988, numbered 2/9. With original brochure. Dimensions: 4.5 x 8 x 5 in. Weight: 9.5 oz. Provenance: Donald Morris Gallery, Birmingham, MI.

          Neue Auctions
        • Clement Meadmore Bronze, Untitled
          Sep. 24, 2022

          Clement Meadmore Bronze, Untitled

          Est: $15,000 - $25,000

          Clement Meadmore (Australian 1929-2005) Untitled, 1980, bronze with patination, signed and dated, numbered 1/6, raised on pedestal base. Dimensions: 18.5 x 26 x 12 in, bronze only. Ht. with pedestal 59 in. Condition: Light oxidation to patina and minor scuffs.

          Neue Auctions
        • Clement Meadmore (1929-2005)
          Sep. 13, 2022

          Clement Meadmore (1929-2005)

          Est: $6,000 - $8,000

          Hereabout, 1971 resin, edition 46/150, signed, dated and editioned on base 'Meadmore 1971 46/150'

          Shapiro Auctioneers
        • Clement Meadmore (1929-2005) sling lounge chair, model 248 28 1/2"w x 22"d x 29"h
          Aug. 24, 2022

          Clement Meadmore (1929-2005) sling lounge chair, model 248 28 1/2"w x 22"d x 29"h

          Est: $500 - $700

          Clement Meadmore (1929-2005) sling lounge chair, model 248 New York, New York, designed 1963 / produced 1980s chrome-plated steel, black hide leather unmarked Production is attributed to Leif Wessman Associates. 28 1/2"w x 22"d x 29"h

          Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
        • CLEMENT MEADMORE (1929-2005), Warm Valley 1994
          Jun. 29, 2022

          CLEMENT MEADMORE (1929-2005), Warm Valley 1994

          Est: $100,000 - $150,000

          CLEMENT MEADMORE (1929-2005) Warm Valley 1994 bronze 61.0 x 110.5 x 53.0 cm edition: 1/4 signed, dated and numbered to base: Meadmore 1994 1/4

          Menzies
        • Clement Meadmore Bronze, Open End
          May. 28, 2022

          Clement Meadmore Bronze, Open End

          Est: $5,000 - $7,000

          Clement Meadmore (American/Australian 1929-2005) Open End, 1984, bronze with golden brown patination, signed and dated, numbered AP II/III, with foundry mark for Tallix Foundry,  mounted on green granite base. Dimensions: 5.75 in.h. x 12 in. w. x 6 in.d. Height measurement includes base. Condition: Some light oxidation to surface. Weight: 11 Lbs.

          Neue Auctions
        • Clement Meadmore Bronze, Upcast
          May. 28, 2022

          Clement Meadmore Bronze, Upcast

          Est: $5,000 - $7,000

          Clement Meadmore (American/Australian 1929-2005) Upcast, 1986, bronze with brown patination, signed and dated, numbered 6/9, with foundry mark for Tallix Foundry,  mounted on green granite base. Dimensions: 12.5 in.h. x 8 in. w. x 8 in.d. Measurement includes base. Condition: Some light oxidation to surface, area of handling wear to top. Weight: 14.5 Lbs.

          Neue Auctions
        • CLEMENT MEADMORE Warm Valley.
          May. 12, 2022

          CLEMENT MEADMORE Warm Valley.

          Est: $10,000 - $15,000

          CLEMENT MEADMORE Warm Valley. Bronze, 1994. 240x420x210 mm; 9 1/2x16 1/2x8 1/4 inches. Incised with the artist's signature, date and numbered 3/8 on the lower edge. Fabricated by Upscale.

          Swann Auction Galleries
        • CLEMENT MEADMORE Up Ended.
          May. 12, 2022

          CLEMENT MEADMORE Up Ended.

          Est: $20,000 - $30,000

          CLEMENT MEADMORE Up Ended. Patinated welded steel, 1969. 1385x380x410 mm; 54 1/2x15x16 1/8 inches. Edition of 4. Fabricated by Lippincott, Inc., North Haven, Connecticut, with the foundry stamp on the underside. Meadmore Sculptures, LLC archives have confirmed that the present work is the third of four in the edition. Provenance: Acquired from Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York, by current owner, private collection, New York. A larger version of Up Ended, made of Cor-ten steel and more than 20 feet long, by Meadmore (1929-2005) is installed near the Art, Design & Architecture Museum on the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara.

          Swann Auction Galleries
        • CLEMENT MEADMORE CALYX CEILING LIGHT
          Apr. 04, 2022

          CLEMENT MEADMORE CALYX CEILING LIGHT

          Est: $600 - $800

          CLEMENT MEADMORE CALYX CEILING LIGHT Recently repainted grey metal exterior and white interior. Grey painted metal reflector and ceiling cap. White plastic cording. Australia c 1950s 16h x 37d ELECTRICITY SAFETY ACT 1998 SECONDHAND DANGER THIS ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT MAY BE FAULTY AND SHOULD BE INSPECTED AND TESTED BY A PERSON IN ACCORDANCE WITH AS/NZS 3760.

          Leonard Joel
        • CLEMENT MEADMORE THREE BAR STOOLS
          Apr. 04, 2022

          CLEMENT MEADMORE THREE BAR STOOLS

          Est: $1,200 - $1,800

          CLEMENT MEADMORE THREE BAR STOOLS Original cream cording on black painted metal frames. Australia c 1950s 102h x 36w x 42d

          Leonard Joel
        • CLEMENT MEADMORE CORDED CHAIR
          Apr. 04, 2022

          CLEMENT MEADMORE CORDED CHAIR

          Est: $600 - $800

          CLEMENT MEADMORE CORDED CHAIR Restored black painted metal frame with original cream cording, rubber fall features and rubber feet. Australia c 1955 80h x 45w x 52d

          Leonard Joel
        • PAIR OF STOOLS IN THE MANNER OF CLEMENT MEADMORE
          Apr. 04, 2022

          PAIR OF STOOLS IN THE MANNER OF CLEMENT MEADMORE

          Est: $1,200 - $1,800

          PAIR OF STOOLS IN THE MANNER OF CLEMENT MEADMORE Black painted metal frames with new red cording. Rubber feet. Australia c 1950s 83h x 36w x 45d

          Leonard Joel
        • CLEMENT MEADMORE DINING SETTING WITH WOODS WILLIAMS TABLE
          Apr. 04, 2022

          CLEMENT MEADMORE DINING SETTING WITH WOODS WILLIAMS TABLE

          Est: $3,000 - $4,000

          CLEMENT MEADMORE DINING SETTING WITH WOODS WILLIAMS TABLE Black painted metal table with glass top. Four black painted metal framed chairs with original vinylidene cording and rubber ball features. Australia c 1955 Table: 74h x 190w x 52d Chairs: 85h x 47w x 42d

          Leonard Joel
        • CLEMENT MEADMORE CORDED CHAIR
          Apr. 04, 2022

          CLEMENT MEADMORE CORDED CHAIR

          Est: $600 - $700

          CLEMENT MEADMORE CORDED CHAIR Restored black painted metal frame with original red vinylidene cording. Rubber ball features with rubber feet. Australia c 1955 83h x 42w x 51d

          Leonard Joel
        • C. Meadmore Bronze Sculpture
          Jan. 01, 2022

          C. Meadmore Bronze Sculpture

          Est: $3,000 - $4,000

          Clement Meadmore, American, 1929-2005. A 1970's patinated Bronze abstract sculpture. Signed "Meadmore", dated "'77" and numbered "5/10" at base. Some surface wear and discoloration to patina. 10 3/4" high. ESTIMATE $3,000-4,000 NOTE: Includes a purchase receipt from the Founders Society Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan dated October 1981.

          Schmidt's Antiques
        • CLEMENT MEADMORE (1929-2005) Weather Bird bronze 11 x 6 x 2 in. (28 x 15.2
          Dec. 15, 2021

          CLEMENT MEADMORE (1929-2005) Weather Bird bronze 11 x 6 x 2 in. (28 x 15.2

          Est: $5,000 - $7,000

          CLEMENT MEADMORE (1929-2005) Weather Bird bronze 11 x 6 x 2 in. (28 x 15.2 x 5 cm.)

          Christie's
        • CLEMENT MEADMORE Start Up.
          Nov. 16, 2021

          CLEMENT MEADMORE Start Up.

          Est: $15,000 - $20,000

          CLEMENT MEADMORE Start Up. Bronze, 1999. 358x205x50 mm; 14x8x4 inches. Incised with the artist's signature, date and numbered 8/8 on the bottom edge and titled, dated and numbered 8/8 with the ART Fabricators, Lancaster, foundry mark on the underside. Provenance: Irving Luntz, Palm Beach; private collection, New York. This lot is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Meadmore Sculptures, LLC., New York.

          Swann Auction Galleries
        • CLEMENT MEADMORE, MEDITATION, 1974
          Nov. 10, 2021

          CLEMENT MEADMORE, MEDITATION, 1974

          Est: $90,000 - $120,000

          CLEMENT MEADMORE (1929 - 2005) MEDITATION, 1974 bronze 99.0 cm height edition: 6/6 signed, dated and numbered at base: Meadmore 1974 6/6 PROVENANCE Peter Beckwith, Perth Thence by descent Estate of Valerie Beckwith, Perth Margaret Moore, Perth Private collection, Perth, acquired from the above December 2005 LITERATURE Gibson, E., The Sculpture of Clement Meadmore, Hudson Hills Press, New York, 1994, p. 72 (illus. another example) ESSAY There exists a little-known problem that is recognised by serious sculptors: how to make inert material appear alive. In other words, how to make hard substance look pliant. A close scrutiny of the life-like hands of Michelangelo’s famous Pietà in Rome reveals that even he toiled over the successful resolution of this enduring challenge in the art of sculpture. Deep within the structures of Clement Meadmore’s sculptures lies evidence of the same aesthetic tussle: there is always in his sculptures the felt sense that unyielding metal has been ‘bent’ to the artistic aim of the artist. Metal is made to do what one thinks it cannot - not wilfully so, but in order to embody a new and extended aesthetic experience. These two factors lie at the core of the tight dynamism ensconced within Meadmore’s sculptures. They twist; they turn, they writhe and in their suggested animation, they add a humanising and contrapuntal balance to the all-to-often bland immobility and visual harshness of our built environments. Meadmore is Minimalism without sterility. This type of incorporated dynamism is already evident in his famous Sling Chair, 1963 (manufactured in 1981) with its curve set within a rectangle format – it was unpadded, it was crisp and bold, it was simple. It was also his last creation before he, with some rancour, left Australia to live in New York, where his sculptural projects flourished apace. Even in that elegant chair design in Melbourne, Meadmore displayed an almost uncanny feel for the harmonised balance of form and line, of positive and negative spaces and of visual weight – a type of optical ‘meatiness’ that asserted its own place in the physical world. In New York, the unadorned ‘purity’ of these formational attributes quickly endeared him to the major artists of the American movement of Minimalism: Donald Judd, Tony Smith, Richard Serra, Frank Stella and others. Their purified strictures suited Meadmore’s inherent formalism. His successes, thereafter, were truly remarkable. Meadmore’s Meditation, 1974, a bronze cast work from a limited edition of six, is a domestic-sized sculpture that epitomises all the attributes that make his works so visually distinctive. Its intimation of ‘coiled’ power is made more evident by contrast with the simple linearity of its upper and lower sections. Taken as a whole, Meadmore’s bronze has sentinel-like composure. We have no way of knowing with certainty, but it is possible that Meadmore was taken by the elegant power of some standing hatha yoga poses where focal energy is concentrated mid-body. Meadmore’s visual acuity would have appreciated and noted the structural underpinnings of such positions – just as André Masson and Pablo Picasso admired and emulated the free lines of mooring ropes lying on piers (no loose rope is ‘uptight’). Whatever the case, the prime visual impact of Meadmore’s Meditation relies upon its emphasis upon a characteristically compressed tautness that is almost calligraphic in its fixed-in-space elegance. It’s a hallmark sculpture that not only sits firmly anchored in space, but also, like all good sculpture, adds to place. KEN WACH © Meadmore Sculptures, LLC/VAGA. Copyright Agency, 2021 2021

          Deutscher and Hackett
        • CLEMENT MEADMORE DINING SETTING OF TABLE & FOUR CHAIRS
          Nov. 08, 2021

          CLEMENT MEADMORE DINING SETTING OF TABLE & FOUR CHAIRS

          Est: $10,000 - $15,000

          CLEMENT MEADMORE DINING SETTING OF TABLE & FOUR CHAIRS White cord on painted steel frames with rubber caps, table top in Queensland maple. Australia c 1952/3 Table: 76h x 120w x 74d Chair: 80h x 44w x 45d Provenance - Exhibited in 'Clement Meadmore: The Art of Mid Century Design'. Potter Museum of Art Nov 20 2018 - March 24 2019 Curated by Dean Keep and Jeromie Maver

          Leonard Joel
        • Clement Meadmore (Australian, 1929-2005) Upsurge, 1989
          Sep. 28, 2021

          Clement Meadmore (Australian, 1929-2005) Upsurge, 1989

          Est: $10,000 - $15,000

          Clement Meadmore (Australian, 1929-2005) Upsurge, 1989 bronze inscribed Meadmore, dated and numbered 3/8 18 x 9 x 11 inches. Property from a Private Collection, Michigan

          Hindman
        • Pair of Wire Chairs
          Aug. 31, 2021

          Pair of Wire Chairs

          Est: $700 - $900

          c. 1960 in the manner of Clement Meadmore and Michael Hirst, black coated steel rods (2)

          Shapiro Auctioneers
        • CLEMENT MEADMORE (1929-2005), Cross Current 1977
          Jun. 30, 2021

          CLEMENT MEADMORE (1929-2005), Cross Current 1977

          Est: $8,000 - $12,000

          CLEMENT MEADMORE (1929-2005) Cross Current 1977 bronze 33.0 x 17.0 x 5.5 cm edition: 10/12 signed and numbered to base: Meadmore 10/12 stamped with Morris Singer foundry mark to base

          Menzies
        • Kathe Kollwitz - Untitled (The Mourners), 1931
          Jun. 24, 2021

          Kathe Kollwitz - Untitled (The Mourners), 1931

          Est: $4,000 - $6,000

          Kathe Kollwitz - Untitled (The Mourners), 1931

          Cooee Art
        • CLEMENT MEADMORE (1929-2005) Meditation 1974 bronze ed. 2/10
          Jun. 08, 2021

          CLEMENT MEADMORE (1929-2005) Meditation 1974 bronze ed. 2/10

          Est: $15,000 - $20,000

          CLEMENT MEADMORE (1929-2005) Meditation 1974 bronze ed. 2/10 signed, dated and editioned to base: Meadmore 2/10 '74 31cm (height, excluding wooden base) PROVENANCE: Private collection, Melbourne Thence by descent LITERATURE: Gibson, E., The Sculpture of Clement Meadmore, Hudson Hills Press, New York 1994, p. 72 (illus. larger version) OTHER NOTES: Clement Meadmore is undeniably one of Australia's most recognised modern sculptors and designers. Working with large scale sculptures and smaller maquettes, his artworks are held in high esteem within public and private collections around the world, and his furniture designs frequently sought after by modernist collectors. Growing up in Melbourne, Meadmore originally studied aeronautical engineering at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). Whilst this remained purely an academic achievement, the skills he learned during these studies greatly influenced his approach to furniture making as well as sculpture. In his 20s, Clement travelled abroad to England, France, Germany, and Japan after which his focus began to divert away from industrial design and further towards sculpture. In 1960, Meadmore moved to Sydney where his output of sculpture increased dramatically and his work was exhibited, although not with the reception he had hoped for. The year prior, the Antipodean artist group had released their manifesto comdemning Abstract Expressionism. This approach to art amongst his peers frustrated Clement, and so rather than producing the work he wanted for an unreceptive market, Clement made the life-changing decision to move to New York City in 1963. Within his first few years in New York, Clement's sculptures progressed into geometric variations mostly using rectangular planes and then towards the minimal and conceptual style being seen in America. His career proceeded on an upward trajectory from here, with his work traversing new ground. In the mid 1970s he pushed the boundaries again by introducing multidirectional forms, with elements moving in multiple directions, into his compositions. Meditation 1974 displays Meadmore's signature seamless fluidity. It's upward stance is beautifully interrupted by the smooth curve before returning to its vertical end and final blunt edge. It's smoothly machined edge and fluid lines lend themselves heavily to a Minimalist aesthetic. Meadmore was a lover of jazz music, which is not only seen in many of his titles but also the rhythym of his sculptures. Much like the music, there are unexpected bends, curves, and changes of direction. Although he grew up in Australia, Clement Meadmore spent the majority of his life in New York where he eventually passed away in 2005. His work is still an important part of the dialogue on Modernist sculpture today, with a legacy that has extended around the world. Olivia Fuller, Head of Art

          Leonard Joel
        • Clement Meadmore and Michael Hirst (Australian, 1929-2005 and 1917-2002)
          Mar. 02, 2021

          Clement Meadmore and Michael Hirst (Australian, 1929-2005 and 1917-2002)

          Est: $4,000 - $6,000

          Four Wire Chairs, designed c. 1955 manufactured by Michael Hirst, Melbourne, black coated steel rods (4)

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