Albert Paley (1944 - present)
Comet Candleholder, 2001
Formed and fabricated blackened steel, brass
14 3/4 x 4 1/4 inches
Signed, dated and numbered at base
Edition of 100
Albert Paley, an active artist for over forty years at his studio in Rochester, New York, is the first metal sculptor to receive the coveted Institute Honors awarded by the American Institute of Architects, the AIA's highest award to a non-architect. "The allure of Paley's art comes through its intrinsic sense of integration of art and architecture," as one noted architect stated. Paley, Distinguished Professor, holds an Endowed Chair at the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Commissioned by both public institutions and private corporations, Paley has completed more than fifty site-specific works. Some notable examples are the Portal Gates for the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, Synergy, a ceremonial archway in Philadelphia, the Portal Gates for the New York State Senate Chambers in Albany, Sentinel, a monumental plaza sculpture for Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as a 65-foot sculpture for the entry court of Bausch and Lomb's headquarters in Rochester, NY. Recently completed works include three sculptures for the National Harbor development near Washington DC, a one hundred and thirty foot long archway named Animals Always for the St. Louis Zoo, a gate for the Cleveland Botanical Gardens in Cleveland, OH, a sculptural relief for Wellington Place, Toronto, Canada, Threshold, a sculpture for the Corporate Headquarters of Klein Steel, Rochester, NY, and Transformation, a ceremonial entranceway for Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
Pieces by Albert Paley can be found in the permanent collections of many major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Broadly published and an international lecturer, Paley received both his BFA and MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. He received honorary doctorates from the University of Rochester in 1989, the State University of New York at Brockport in 1996, St. Lawrence University, in Canton, New York in 1997, and the University of Gothenburg, in Sweden in 2012.
American Craft Museum, New York, New York
Arkansas Arts Center Foundation, Little Rock, Arkansas
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
The Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama
The British Museum, London, England
The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio
Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
The Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan
Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University, England
Gannett Publishing Corporation, Washington, DC
Grace Episcopal Church, Scottsville, New York
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford
Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, New York
The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis Tennessee
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, Minnesota
Mint Museum of Craft and Design
Museum of Art, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, Texas
The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey
Philadelphia Archdiocese, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida
Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin
Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Strong Museum, Rochester, New York
Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio
University of Illinois, Normal, Illinois
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia
The White House, Washington, D.C.
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
2010- University of Kentucky Art Museum Sculpture Park, Temporary installation of the sculpture Sylvan.
2007- Art St. Urban, Lucerne, Switzerland, "In the Shadow of the Alps." Temporary installation of the sculpture Portal.
2001 Georgia and David K. Welles Sculpture Garden, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio. Permanent installation of sculpture Continuum.
2001- DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts. Temporary installation of sculpture Apollo.
1996- Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona. Temporary installation of several large scale sculptures.
1994- Seneca Park Zoo, Rochester, New York. Temporary installation of Zoo Gate Prototype.
1992-00 Eastman Plaza, Rochester, New York. Temporary installation of sculpture Wedge.