(AMERICAN, 1942–2013)

Ada's Will, 1990
reinforced steel, concrete, paint
108 x 67 x 54 inches
Laumeier Sculpture Park Commission, with funds from the Mark Twain Laumeier Endowment Fund

Jene Highstein's Ada’s Will, 1990, has the somewhat menacing first-impression look of, perhaps, a projectile. Then, it is seen to be not airfoil-sleek, not quite symmetrical, not a representation of anything nor yet an abstraction. Its concrete is troweled with irregular thickness onto a steel armature—a darkly enigmatic presence with fleeting associations.

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Jene Highstein was born in Baltimore in 1942. He studied both at the New York Studio School and the Royal Academy School in London. His works have been exhibited internationally at the Ilju & Seonhwa Art Center, Seoul, Korea; Madison Square Park and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City; Ace Gallery and the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, Los Angeles; the Tate Modern, London; the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel; and the Kunsthalle Krems, Austria. Highstein is represented in the collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Dallas Art Museum; the Metropolitan Museum of Art,the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Wanås Sculpture Park, Sweden; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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