Seward Johnson

Jan 5, 2019 - Apr 28, 2019

Beginning January 5, 2019, the Garden will feature twenty of Seward Johnson’s amazing cast bronze figures depicting “the beautiful moments of ordinary life,” represented in his “Celebrating the Familiar” collection.
Presented at human scale, the sculptures celebrate “the emotional and spiritual sustenance and pleasure that nature can provide to help us deal with life’s inevitable struggles.”

Following an early career as a painter, Seward Johnson, now 85, turned his talents to the medium of sculpture. Since that time, more than 450 of his life-size cast bronze figures have been featured in private collections.
Seward Johnson has been committed to public art throughout his career.

Later in his career, Johnson began to experiment with sculptures at a monumental scale. Perhaps the most renowned of his monumental sculptures is Embracing Peace, Johnson’s representation of Albert Eisenstadt’s iconic photograph of the kiss between a soldier and a nurse taken in Times Square on V-J day, August 14, 1945, that captured the jubilance of Americans at the moment the end of World War II was announced. The photograph was published originally in LIFE magazine and has since become one of the most recognized photographs in US history. Johnson’s sculpture will be the centerpiece of McKee’s J. Seward Johnson exhibit, the second such exhibit hosted at McKee.

Johnson has long been considered one of the most widely recognized sculptors of our time. His impact on the world of sculpture includes the founding of The Seward Johnson Atelier, the exclusive owner of copyright to all of Johnson’s sculptures that creates, maintains, sells and places Seward Johnson’s sculpture collections, and the Grounds For Sculpture, a 42-acre sculpture park and museum located in Hamilton, NJ. Founded in 1992 as a non-profit organization, Grounds For Sculpture is dedicated to promoting an understanding of and appreciation for contemporary sculpture by organizing exhibitions, publishing catalogues, and offering a variety of educational programs and special community events. It maintains an ever-changing schedule of exhibits of works by Johnson and others.

Inducted in 2014 into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, Johnson regularly adds works to his series, and invents intriguing new chapters of his oeuvre. At 85, Seward Johnson continues to create increasingly memorable works for public display.

This exhibition will run through April 28, 2019.

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