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New York  Art at Site Phillip Grausman	Leucantha

Phillip Grausman

Pratt Institute Library
What a wonderful sculpture park my husband discovered on the campus of Pratt Institute in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. This twenty-five acre college campus, with approximately fifty sculptures being shown at any given time, is open to the public year round with no charge for admission.
The Pratt Institute Sculpture Park came to fruition under the guidance of curator David Weintraub, in conjunction with the Institute’s president, Thomas F. Schutte, in 2002.
Imagine my astonishment when, while strolling the grounds, I came upon Philip Grausman’s magnificent portrait sculpture of Leucantha. The work was dramatically placed on the lawn outside the library of the campus.
It was difficult at a glance to detect any difference between the Leucantha at Grounds For Sculpture and the portrait at the Pratt. This might be because at GFS the work is placed in the water in front of Rat’s, which keeps viewers at a distance from the artwork. If you will allow me to be a bit possessive in this writing, “our” Leucantha is made of cast aluminum, giving the portrait a silky complexion. The sculpture of Leucantha at Pratt Institute is of white fiberglass which has been described as having “the glow of marble”.
Philip Grausman has risen to become one of the most well-acclaimed portrait sculptors of his time. Grausman's portraits take on a realistic nature, giving life and personality to his figures. Large-scale Leucantha stands tall with a stoic persona. Grausman's fine workmanship and choice of material, cast aluminum, gives Leucantha a silky complexion making her seem ageless--belonging to no specific period of time. The female head is carried gracefully on a muscled neck imparting inner strength and self-assuredness.
Philip Grausman (born July 16, 1935) is an American sculptor who continues to push the limits of the time-honored portrait in art. His early work focused on natural forms representing buds and seeds, and this exploration led him to the underlying structure and form of the human head. His monumental heads of fiberglass display a subtle hand, and the lack of detail makes a stunning presentation. He also continues to create reductivist portraits at normal scale, experimenting with various metals with matte finishes to accomplish his vision.
Grausman has received numerous awards, including the Rome Prize in Sculpture, a Ford Foundation Purchase Award, and grants from the National Institute of Arts and Letters and The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation among others. His many solo and group exhibitions of sculpture and drawings have been displayed throughout the U.S.