Pérez Art Museum Miami Installs Artist Jedd Novatt’s Monumental Sculptures in New Sculpture Garden

MIAMI – October 21, 2013 – Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) has begun installation of its first sculpture garden presentation, monumental sculptures by Jedd Novatt. The sculptures, titled Chaos Bizkaia (2012) and Chaos SAS (2013), are stacks of open bronze and stainless steel cubes in dynamic, seemingly unstable towers measuring 18- and 14-feet-high, respectively.  The works are now being installed by Novatt in PAMM’s new bayfront sculpture garden.

“It is a great pleasure to inaugurate PAMM’s beautiful sculpture garden with these breathtaking pieces by Jedd Novatt,” said Thom Collins, PAMM director. “They are powerful in and of themselves and have been perfectly sited by the artist to heighten viewers’ experience of the landscape design and new museum building—by Herzog & de Meuron.”

For the last decade, Paris-based American artist Jedd Novatt has been employing and manipulating key minimalist visual and material tropes—the cube, unyielding medium, towering scale—in order to evolve beyond traditional static and reflexive nature. Chaos Bizkaia (2012, bronze) and Chaos SAS (2013, stainless steel)—twisting, slipping, seemingly unstable stacks of monumental open rectangles—activate the lush tropical landscape of PAMM’s new sculpture garden with implied motion. As if arrested in a process of being formed from the primordial state of disorder to which the series title alludes, in a perpetual state of becoming, they inspire awe and impart grand emotions unfamiliar in the history of minimalism. Jedd Novatt (b. 1958) has been represented in recent solo and group exhibitions at such venues as Sotheby's Beyond Limits at Chatsworth, UK (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013), the Lever House, New York (2013), Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio (2010), Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia (2009), and La Musee d’Art et d’Industrie, Roubaix, France (2008).

In addition to the sculpture garden presentation of Novatt’s works, 12 gigantic bronze sculptures by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, titled Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads, will be installed on the museum’s large outdoor veranda. Public art presentations are one of the ways PAMM’s design bridges the museum, park and the city.  Additionally, floor-to-ceiling windows make art within the galleries visible from the park, and 80,000 square feet of outdoor programmable space will be used for PAMM’s robust time-based arts program which will include film screenings, performance and more. 

About Pérez Art Museum Miami
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) promotes artistic expression and the exchange of ideas, advancing public knowledge and appreciation of art, architecture and design, and reflecting the diverse community of its pivotal geographic location at the crossroads of the Americas. This mission is reflected in the initial installation of its permanent collection of art from the World War II era to the present, AMERICANA, at the new home of the 29-year-old South Florida institution formerly known as Miami Art Museum (MAM). Designed by world-renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron, the facility opening in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park on December 4, 2013, is a state-of-the-art model for sustainable museum design and progressive programming. The facility features 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor program space with sprawling galleries, shaded outdoor verandas, a waterfront restaurant and bar, a museum shop, and an education center with a library, media lab and classroom spaces. For more information, please visit pamm.org, find us on Facebook (facebook.com/perezartmuseummiami), or follow us on Twitter (@pamm).

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Support is provided by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Additional support is provided by the City of Miami. Pérez Art Museum Miami is an accessible facility.