Exhibitions

David Ellsworth

Intersphere, 1991, from the Solstice Series

burned ash and pigment, 14 x 16 x 9 1/2 in. (35.6 x 40.6 x 24.2 cm)

Gift of Lillian Montalto Bohlen

Photo by Dirk Bakker

 

Audacious: The Fine Art of Wood from the Montalto Bohlen Collection

On view February 21, 2015 to June 21, 2015

Located in the: Dodge Gallery 2

Rendered by lathe and carving tools, common and exotic woods are transformed into nearly 100 complex sculptural forms with alluring surfaces and textures. Massachusetts collectors Robert M. and Lillian Montalto Bohlen have assembled this premier collection of contemporary wood art that is international in scope and diverse in form. Experience the beauty, sensuality and sculptural qualities of wood.

The East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum provided support for this exhibition.

 

Images

David Ellsworth

David Ellsworth

Intersphere, 1991, from the Solstice Series

burned ash and pigment, 14 x 16 x 9 1/2 in. (35.6 x 40.6 x 24.2 cm)

Gift of Lillian Montalto Bohlen

Photo by Dirk Bakker

 

Hal Metlitzky

Hal Metlitzky

Double Helix (detail), 2012. Black walnut, yellowheart, pernambuco, santine, holly, imbuia, old growth East Indian rosewood, East Indian ebony (6,500 pieces of wood), 10 x 19 in.

The Montalto Bohlen Collection.

© 2014 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Walter Silver/PEM.

Stuart Mortimer

Stuart Mortimer

Squid Series #2, 2002. Pink ivory, ebony, 22 1/2 x 7 x 7 1/4 in.

The Montalto Bohlen Collection.

Photo by Dirk Bakker.

Brad Sells

Brad Sells

Whirl (detail), 2003. Cherry, 19 x 30 x 18 in.

Peabody Essex Museum, Gift of Lillian Montalto Bohlen.

© 2014. Photo by Walter Silver/PEM.

Binh Po

Binh Po

Seven Poppies, 2009. Box elder, acrylic paints, 10 x 6 x 6 in.

The Montalto Bohlen Collection.

Photo by Terry Martin.

Frank Sudol and Cam Merkle

Frank Sudol and Cam Merkle

Hawks & Owls, 2000. Birch, acrylic paint, 12 1/2 x 5 3/4 in.

The Montalto Bohlen Collection.

Photo by Terry Martin.

Related Events

Wood Turning | Bowl Making ›
ARTSESSIONS
Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 10am - 4pm
Reservations by March 6

Members $230, nonmembers $275, includes $35 materials fee

Take inspiration from Audacious and make a wood bowl under the guidance of expert instructor Philip C. Lowe, in this two-day studio workshop. No prior experience required. All tools and materials provided. Class continues Sunday, March 15.

Members-Only Gallery Talk ›
Audacious: The Fine Art of Wood from the Montalto Bohlen Collection
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 9am
Reservations by March 13

Members $15

Dean Lahikainen, The Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art, leads this gallery talk before the museum opens.

Members-Only Gallery Talk ›
Audacious: The Fine Art of Wood from the Montalto Bohlen Collection
Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 9am
Reservations by March 13

Members $15

Dean Lahikainen, The Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art, leads this gallery talk before the museum opens.

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