Public Art at Williams

Public Art at Williams

Hollow Sea, 1966; Minoru Niizuma (American, b. 1930); marble; Bequest of Lawrence H. Bloedel, Class of 1923; 77.9.70; Photo by Lauren Shuffleton
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    Hollow Sea, 1966
    Minoru Niizuma (American, b. 1930)
    Bequest of Lawrence H. Bloedel, Class of 1923
    Photo by Lauren Shuffleton

    Japanese abstract sculptor Minoru Niizuma (?? ?) worked in marble, granite, and volcanic rock to carve shapes that vary from sleekly geometric to roughly organic. Resonant with forms of Japanese folk art, his works are both Asian in influence and inspired by knowledge of modern Western sculpture that he obtained when he moved to the United States in 1959. Nizuma taught sculpture in New York until 1984.

    His works can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, the National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo), and the Seibu Museum (Tokyo), among others.

    Hollow Sea was part of a large bequest of art from alumnus and prominent collector Lawrence Bloedel. Along with several other works from Bloedel’s collection, the sculpture is located outside of the main campus at Field Farm.