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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Jene Highstein (1942-2013): Postminimalist Sculptor of Elegance and Idiosyncrasy


Jene Highstein, Grey Clam, 1990/2001.  Site specific sculpture. The Wanås Foundation, Sweden Photo: Anders Norrsell

Jene Highstein, Grey Clam, 1990/2001. Site specific sculpture. The Wanås Foundation, Sweden Photo: Anders Norrsell

Jene Highstein died April 27 at his farm in upstate New York.  He was 70.  The cause was lung cancer, diagnosed this past January.  A postminimalist sculptor of elegance and idiosyncrasy with a keen interest in architecture, Highstein was part of the storied alternative space 112 Greene Street in the 1970s.  He went on to show widely in the United States, Europe and recently in Asia.  Following his well-received exhibition of towers and elliptical forms at Danese Gallery in 2011, Highstein’s  most recent exhibition was of drawings from Cape Breton at 56 Bogart in Bushwick this past winter.  An exhibition of early works is now being planned at the Clocktower in Lower Manhattan.

A tribute to the artist will be posted here later this week.

Jene Highstein with his sculpture, Totem, 1980, installed that year in downtown Manhattan.  Courtesy of Public Art Fund.

Jene Highstein with his sculpture, Totem, 1980, installed that year in downtown Manhattan. Courtesy of Public Art Fund.


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