PUTNEY >> Traveling along a particular back road in Putney one suddenly encounters numerous large, abstract, steel sculptures, including an improbable yellow zig-zag, 127-feet long, hovering above the ground, suspended from the branches of nearby maple trees. The steel zig-zag, entitled "Apollo," and the dozen or so others are the work of the acclaimed sculptor Charles Ginnever, who turns 85 this year and calls Putney home. On Sunday at 4 p.m., the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) is hosting a guided tour of Ginnever's studio and property, the latest installment in BMAC's "Hidden in the Hills" series. The tour is free but open to BMAC members only. To become a member, visit brattleboromuseum.org or call 802-257-0124, ext. 101.
Charles Ginnever was born in San Mateo, California in 1931. He is best known for his large-scale, open-form works for the outdoors, the first of which he created in 1958 from abandoned railroad ties and structural steel. Ginnever has lived in Putney since the 1980s, when he was hired to teach at Windham College. Ginnever's sculptures appear in public and private collections around the world, including those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Australian National Gallery, Hewlett Packard Corporation, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Storm King Art Center, and Wadsworth Athenaeum, among others. The eminent French art critic Pierre Restany has said, "Ginnever's sculptures challenge our perception as they seem to defy gravity... [They] never cease to surprise us, upset our visual habits, or challenge our traditional approach to sculpture."
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