Off the Wall: Art in Three Dimensions

September 17 - December 4, 2011

The KIA's collection includes art that can literally and figuratively be described as "off the wall." Over 65 free-standing sculptures and wall reliefs from the 1950s to the present demonstrate the 20th-century impulse to push the boundaries of fine art. Some artists created unexpected, abstract forms using traditional materials. Artists also dared to use commonplace or industrial materials that flaunted the conventions of fine art. Ceramicists made vessels unconstrained by functionality.

While a painting might present a two-dimensional illusion of the world, a three-dimensional work of art exists directly in your environment, making you interact with it as an object in your space. Beyond pushing boundaries, sculpture has the potential to dissolve distinctions between experience of art and daily life. Artists of national renown and regional acclaim in the exhibition include Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Rudy Autio, Peter Voulkos, Paul Flickinger, Al Lavergne, Karla Wyss-Tye, and more.

Come see what you think makes each of these works "off the wall."


Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
Peter Voulkos, Yellow Stone Saga
Peter Voulkos, Yellow Stone Saga, 1985-1988, anagama woodfired stoneware | Gift of Richard and Ethel Groos, 1998.1
Peter Voulkos, Yellow Stone Saga
Donald Reitz, Form #1
Pablo Picasso, Pigeon
Stephen Hansen, Bird Watcher

Paul Flickinger, Mayan Memory Vessel #4
Max Ernst, Elf
Deborah Butterfield, Hoku

Watch a video of a sculpture in the show!

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