With sadness the gallery announces the death of sculptor Anne Arnold, who died peacefully of natural causes in her New York City studio on June 20, 2014, at the age of 89. Arnold was best known for her sensitive and sometimes whimsical life and larger-than-life-sized sculptures of animals and fellow artists made in ceramic, wood, soft-materials, including canvas and Dynel, and resins. She was born on May 2, 1925, and raised in Melrose, Mass.
Anne Arnold enjoyed a long, critically acclaimed career as an artist and as a teacher. After her first one-person exhibition in 1960 at Tanager Gallery (New York), Arnold exhibited her sculpture regularly at Fischbach Gallery (New York) from 1964 to 1988. In 1983 the Paul Creative Arts Center (University of New Hampshire) presented a full retrospective of her work. Her two most recent one-person shows in 2012 and 2014 were at Alexandre Gallery in New York, which began to represent her work in 2006. Arnold’s work is in museum collections including the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y., The Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Va., and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
For 20 years, beginning in 1971, Arnold taught at Brooklyn College in addition to teaching engagements at Columbia University and University of Pennsylvania. From 1981 to 2010 she served on the Board of Governors, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was an elected member of the National Academy in New York. Arnold received a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire in 1946 and a M.A. from Ohio State University in 1947. From 1949 to 1953 she studied at the Art Students League in New York.
Anne is survived by her long-time companion the photographer Robert Brooks, a niece Beth Arnold, nephews David Arnold and Tim Arnold, grand and great-grandnieces, and grand and great grandnephews. Her husband, the painter Ernest Briggs, predeceased her in 1984. Anne was a descendent of Benedict Arnold, traced her ancestry to the Mayflower and was part Native American. She was a resident of New York City and Montville.
Anne dearly loved the natural world, its flora and all its creatures. Before her death she donated her property in Maine to remain forever-wild.
Donations in Anne’s memory may be made to the Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance, P. O. Box 371, Liberty, Maine.
For further information, images and links to articles, catalogs and reviews, please contact the gallery at (212) 755-2828 or http://www.alexandregallery.com/anne-arnold-1925-2014.