Where all good bumpers go to die
January 29, 2008 6:01 PM Subscribe
Sculptor John Kearney
of Chicago and Provincetown and his wife Lynn have been running Chicago's Contemporary Art Workshop
in a former dairy for almost 60 years. Unlike their better-known contemporary the Hyde Park Art Center
, (founded nearly the same year) the pair never let the gallery move beyond its original mission, to discover
and support young artists
, especially those with little or no exhibition background. The Workshop had early solo exhibitions for both artists who went on to fame
, and those whose careers fizzled (full disclosure-that would be me) and has exhibited thousands in its 6 decades.
Kearney, who worked with found objects
from early in his career, is the best-known sculptor
you never heard of, with his creative
bumper sculptures all over Chicago.
Switching to bronze after Detroit stopped making chrome bumpers, most recently, the 85-year old artist completed four sculptures
for Oz Park