Born In: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Don Gummer is a popular American sculptor, also famous as Hollywood actress Meryl Streep’s husband. Born in Kentucky, and raised in Indiana, Don had been interested in sculpting art pieces ever since he was young. Following his high school graduation, he enrolled into the Herron School of Art and later earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in fine arts from the Yale University. Following his graduation from the college in 1973, he moved to the New York City and began his career as a sculptor. Throughout the 1970s, he held many solo and group exhibitions of his works and earned a nationwide fame. His style was deemed to be rooted in constructivism but with a unique touch of his own. One of his earliest sculptures was titled ‘Hidden Clues’, which catapulted him to fame in the early years of his professional career. Some of his best artworks are ‘Open Eyes’, ‘The South Tower’ and ‘Reunion’. Through the 1990s and 2000s, he further held several solo and group exhibitions of his works, both nationally and internationally. He met Hollywood actress Meryl Streep in 1978 and got married to her in the same year.
Also Known As: Donald Gummer
Spouse/Ex-: Meryl Streep
father: William Adolph Gummer
mother: Dorothy Gummer
children: Grace Gummer, Henry Wolfe, Louisa Jacobson, Mamie Gummer
Born Country: United States
U.S. State: Kentucky
City: Louisville, Kentucky
education: Yale School of Art, Herron School of Art and Design, Ben Davis High School, Yale School of Art
Don Gummer was born Donald Gummer, on December 12, 1946, in Louisville, Kentucky, to Dorothy and William Adolph Gummer. He was raised in a big family with five siblings, all brothers. Soon after he was born, the family moved to Indiana, where Don spent most of his growing up years.
Despite his family having no history in art, Don was inclined towards building artistic projects ever since he was a kid. He used to assemble model airplanes, tree houses and forts in his free time. In Indiana, his family lived in a neighbourhood which was largely under construction and many new houses were being built. Don liked to play in the under construction buildings and marvel at their architecture.
In 1966, Don Gummer moved to Boston, Massachusetts, to further his studies and enrolled into a fine arts course at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, completing his studies in 1970. He then enrolled into the Yale School of Arts, from where he earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, and later a master’s degree. At the Yale University, he studied with another popular abstract artist and sculptor David von Schlegell.
By the late 1960s, he had begun building sculptures, with constructivist sensibilities. In 1969, he built a scripture called ‘Separation’, which was a seminal work and exhibited his wide areas of talent even before he graduated from Yale. His artwork ‘Separation’ was seminal in a way that it provided Don with a style that he would utilize to build most of his most popular artworks around that time.
Following his graduation from the Yale University, Don Gummer moved to the New York City, to further his artistic career. He moved to the city in 1973, and in the same year, he had his first solo exhibition at 112 Green Street.
Over the next few years, Don Gummer carried on working in his studio and built several large installations. However, during most of the 1970s, during the first decade of his professional career, he focused on table top and wall mounted sculptures. Later in the decade, he had two more solo exhibitions, along with one group exhibition called ‘Eight Sculptors’, which was organized at the Albright Knox Gallery, in Buffalo.
However, while Max and Richard’s artworks lacks a sense of motion, Don’s artworks focused on evoking motion as he built the slatted forms that resembled ladders. Upon closer inspection, the illusion of climbing down the ladder, or descending, and sometimes moving sideways was evident, which gave Don’s art a distinct edge over his contemporaries.
In 1993, Don Gummer had yet another major breakthrough when he was commissioned to install a permanent structure at the Kitakyushu International Center, in Japan. The artwork titled ‘Planes of Nature’ is also known among his most celebrated works.
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