Lord and Taylor Exhibits the Works of Thomas Beale
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Fifth Avenue Windows NEW YORK, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lord and Taylor announces it will exhibit of the work of young sculptor Thomas Beale in its Fifth Avenue windows, February 13th through March 4th. Lord and Taylor will showcase twenty of Beale's works alongside neutral looks from the store's Spring 2008 collections, including Donna Karan and Hugo Boss. (http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080212/NYTU046-a) (http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080212/NYTU046-b) A sculptor who works primarily with found natural materials, in 2003 Thomas Beale was the youngest recipient of the U.S.- Japan Creative Artist Fellowship in the 30-year history of this prestigious award from the National Endowment for the Arts. He builds both monumental and intimately scaled forms over the course of weeks or months, mostly from hundreds or thousands of individually cut pieces of wood or shells, shaping them into objects of sensuous forms of varying size and textural detail. Among the notable pieces in the Lord and Taylor windows are Winoosky and Song, which Beale created in 2001 from found wood. "We are delighted to have the opportunity to bring the work of Thomas Beale to Lord and Taylor," says LaVelle Olexa, Senior Vice President, Advertising, Sales Promotion, Public Relations and Fifth Avenue Windows. "In the past we have received many kudos for our exhibits of established artists like Larry Rivers and Red Grooms, and it is very exciting to use our legendary windows as a venue to showcase the work such a young talent." Beale was born in Rochester, NY, and studied at Dartmouth College, where he received a B.A. in Studio Art and English Literature in 2000. The Creative Artist Fellowship fellowship brought him to Kyoto, Japan, where he studied traditional architecture and developed his skills in sculpture for nine months. In 2004 Beale returned to the U.S., moving to New York, where he lives and works today. He has continue to received awards for his work, including a grant from the Vermont State Council on the Arts, full fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center, and residencies at the Institute, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, and Carving Studio and Sculpture Center. The Thomas Beale exhibit demonstrates once again Lord and Taylor's commitment to bring exciting art to Fifth Avenue. Besides works by Rivers and Grooms, past exhibits have included sculptures by Chakaia Booker and Manolo Valdes and the paintings of Thiery Despont, Richard Estes, and Mainland China's Gu Gan, Guo Jin, Liu Kuo-Sung and Yang Yangping, among others. Lord and Taylor has also showcased the photographs of Gideon Lewin and Roberto Dutesco, as well as D. A. Pennebaker's groundbreaking short film, Daybreak Express shown alongside Andrew Garn's historical photographs from the New York Transit Museum. Last Fall, Lord and Taylor presented Kaleidoscope Katrina, showcasing the art of 16 artists from the Crescent City in the Fifth Avenue windows as well as in a specially built a art gallery, hosting a reception to benefit New Orleans' Contemporary Art Center's SweetArt Katrina Fund. Lord and Taylor is an upscale specialty department store with 47 stores in nine states and the District of Columbia. Lord and Taylor has built a reputation for attentive customer service and high-quality merchandise focused on apparel and accessories. Founded in 1826, Lord and Taylor's is America's oldest department store and one of America's premier retailers. SOURCE Lord & Taylor Marilu Menendez, Director of Publicity, Lord & Taylor +1-212-391-3634, Marilu_Menendez@LordAndTaylor.com
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