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Let’s Talk Portrait of an Artist: William Kent

November 1, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


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Presented by Mathew Spellberg, Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows.

William Kent was a sculptor and print maker who created an entire universe for himself. Abandoning the New York art-world in the 1960s, he retreated to a barn in rural Connecticut, where he lived and worked in isolation for forty years. He collected abandoned and useless objects from flea-markets – plastic keychains, novelty clocks, shoe0horns, greeting cards, discarded toys – and used them as models for huge, sensuous works of art. He carved hundreds of monumental wood sculptures, complemented by thousands of brilliantly colored prints. Altogether the works form a philosophy, a mythology, and an entire world. This talk will discuss the techniques and aims of Kent’s art, and above all its three ambitions: to heal the rift between nature and human creation; to attack the hypocrisy of the wider world outside his barn; and to explore the idea of metamorphosis, as both a universal principle and a personal path for redemption.

In conjunction with Saved from Silence: William Kent

Free for Members & College Students


November 1, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Mattatuck Museum
144 West Main Street
Waterbury, CT 06702 United States
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