News 2024

March 9 – April 7

Following my AfterMoore series in which I revisited Henry Moore’s reclining figures to adapt some of his classic poses to my personal style, I decided to expand my modernist explorations to encompass other iconic sculptors who have long informed my work.  Tentatively titled More After Moore, this new series borrows from iconic modernists like Picasso, Arp, Lipschitz, Weber and Archipenko.  My intention is to abstract to a point where an actual figure or gesture can still be imagined from what I’ve carved, but the carving itself bears little semblance to the physical reality that inspired it.

As my progenitors demonstrated long ago, if the form itself is engaging and invites speculation, the viewing experience can be enhanced.  Apparently, this was the case at the 2024 Washington Art Association’s Members Show, March 9 – April 7, where a refined maquette for bronze casting titled, Hortense & son bébé Delphine, won a prize.  So far, I have finished several of these figurative maquettes, all named after French women.

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Hortense & son bébé Delphine

Auto-painted resin maquettes for bronze casting
Hortense 15.6” High x 17” Wide x 19.3” Deep
Delphine 7.9” High x 8.5” Wide x 11.3” Deep
          

January 27 – March 10

ELEMENTS, an artfully crafted exhibition at A.R.C. Fine Art, 3113 Bronson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824, paired Kavanagh’s sculptures with the abstract paintings of Charlie Miesmer.  The show, which was enthusiastically received, opened on January 27 and ran through March 10, 2024.  Three sculptures were sold.

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Click here to see sculptures on display.

News 2023

November – Significant Sale

Oval Edge Form XXI, a bronze from Kavanagh’s Oval Edge Form series, was installed on the terrace of a New York apartment where floor to ceiling glass walls enable viewing it from all interior rooms.

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October — Notable Sales 

Two of Kavanagh’s carvings from her Ancient Musings series inspired by carvings of mid-Neolithic to early Bronze Age people living between the Danube river valley and the Mediterranean from 5200-1200 BCE, were sold to collectors in New York and Westport, CT.  According to archaeologists, the surroundings and societies of these people were bequests of a Mother Goddess who governed all aspects of their lives.  The hieroglyphs they carved were components of a complete ideological system that survived well into the early Christian era.  As a modernist sculptor, Kavanagh was intrigued by how “modern” their iconography appears.

Fertility-Crop

FERTILITY – Snakes winding across double eggs symbolize nuclear life force and coming into being within a swirling cosmos.                          

                    

Regeneration-Crop

REGENERATION – This mandala evokes the lunar cycle and the regenerative role of the Mother Goddess in the cycles of birth, death, and rebirth.

September – Important Exhibition

From August 30 to September 30, Graham Shay 1857, the oldest and one of the most prestigious fine art galleries in New York, hosted a solo exhibition of Kavanagh’s Oval Edge Form series sculptures surrounded by modernist paintings and detailed in the digital catalog below.  Beautifully installed, the show was extensively promoted on the Internet by online retailers like ARTSY and Galleries Now, broadening awareness of Kavanagh’s artistic talent to a new level among art-knowledgeable collectors.

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Visit the catalog here

August – Surprising Exposure

Jane Beiles, a photographer who has documented several of Kavanagh’s shows, is publishing what she has titled: A PICTURFUL PLANNER FOR INSPIRATION AND ORGANIZATION.  The planner includes two of Kavanagh’s bronze sculptures from her AfterMoore series.  The planner will be released for holiday gift-giving no later than December 1st for sale on Amazon, select local retailers, and through www.janebeiles.com.

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January – February – Striking Installation

Kavanagh’s first stone carving in her AfterMoore series was exhibited at the Washington Art Association’s Member’s Show, January 14 – February 12, 2023.  The Washington Art  Association is located at 4 Bryan Memorial Plaza, Washington Depot, CT 06794.  The two-part sculpture was carved from two triangular-shaped blocks of Brazilian steatite, each weighing about 280 lbs. and mounted on an Absolute Black granite base.  The sculpture measures 22”L x 13”W x 13 ½”H.

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