Back

DEBORAH BUTTERFIELD (b. 1949)

 
In the 1970s, Butterfield made her first horses from plaster, papier-mâché, and mud and sticks. In 1980, she traveled to Israel on a John Simon Guggenheim grant, and worked with steel and other detritus of wars, and determined the material held emotional content. This set her on a course of making horses with found and welded steel, fused aluminum, copper, and wood — materials that also have a history. Butterfield’s “Yellow River,” c. 1984, is an uncommon example of the artist’s work as the subject is in repose with an experimental minimalist aesthetic. Created using scrap metal from a school bus, the painted steel elements seem to combine organically. Butterfield is widely recognized for her materials-oriented approach to sculpture. 
<br>
<br>Deborah Butterfield's work is included in numerous museum collections, including the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Rockwell Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, the Boise Art Museum, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, the Neuberger Museum of Art, and the Rockford Art Museum among many others. In the 1970s, Butterfield made her first horses from plaster, papier-mâché, and mud and sticks. In 1980, she traveled to Israel on a John Simon Guggenheim grant, and worked with steel and other detritus of wars, and determined the material held emotional content. This set her on a course of making horses with found and welded steel, fused aluminum, copper, and wood — materials that also have a history. Butterfield’s “Yellow River,” c. 1984, is an uncommon example of the artist’s work as the subject is in repose with an experimental minimalist aesthetic. Created using scrap metal from a school bus, the painted steel elements seem to combine organically. Butterfield is widely recognized for her materials-oriented approach to sculpture. 
<br>
<br>Deborah Butterfield's work is included in numerous museum collections, including the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Rockwell Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, the Boise Art Museum, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, the Neuberger Museum of Art, and the Rockford Art Museum among many others. In the 1970s, Butterfield made her first horses from plaster, papier-mâché, and mud and sticks. In 1980, she traveled to Israel on a John Simon Guggenheim grant, and worked with steel and other detritus of wars, and determined the material held emotional content. This set her on a course of making horses with found and welded steel, fused aluminum, copper, and wood — materials that also have a history. Butterfield’s “Yellow River,” c. 1984, is an uncommon example of the artist’s work as the subject is in repose with an experimental minimalist aesthetic. Created using scrap metal from a school bus, the painted steel elements seem to combine organically. Butterfield is widely recognized for her materials-oriented approach to sculpture. 
<br>
<br>Deborah Butterfield's work is included in numerous museum collections, including the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Rockwell Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, the Boise Art Museum, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, the Neuberger Museum of Art, and the Rockford Art Museum among many others. In the 1970s, Butterfield made her first horses from plaster, papier-mâché, and mud and sticks. In 1980, she traveled to Israel on a John Simon Guggenheim grant, and worked with steel and other detritus of wars, and determined the material held emotional content. This set her on a course of making horses with found and welded steel, fused aluminum, copper, and wood — materials that also have a history. Butterfield’s “Yellow River,” c. 1984, is an uncommon example of the artist’s work as the subject is in repose with an experimental minimalist aesthetic. Created using scrap metal from a school bus, the painted steel elements seem to combine organically. Butterfield is widely recognized for her materials-oriented approach to sculpture. 
<br>
<br>Deborah Butterfield's work is included in numerous museum collections, including the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Rockwell Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, the Boise Art Museum, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, the Neuberger Museum of Art, and the Rockford Art Museum among many others. In the 1970s, Butterfield made her first horses from plaster, papier-mâché, and mud and sticks. In 1980, she traveled to Israel on a John Simon Guggenheim grant, and worked with steel and other detritus of wars, and determined the material held emotional content. This set her on a course of making horses with found and welded steel, fused aluminum, copper, and wood — materials that also have a history. Butterfield’s “Yellow River,” c. 1984, is an uncommon example of the artist’s work as the subject is in repose with an experimental minimalist aesthetic. Created using scrap metal from a school bus, the painted steel elements seem to combine organically. Butterfield is widely recognized for her materials-oriented approach to sculpture. 
<br>
<br>Deborah Butterfield's work is included in numerous museum collections, including the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Rockwell Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, the Boise Art Museum, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, the Neuberger Museum of Art, and the Rockford Art Museum among many others. In the 1970s, Butterfield made her first horses from plaster, papier-mâché, and mud and sticks. In 1980, she traveled to Israel on a John Simon Guggenheim grant, and worked with steel and other detritus of wars, and determined the material held emotional content. This set her on a course of making horses with found and welded steel, fused aluminum, copper, and wood — materials that also have a history. Butterfield’s “Yellow River,” c. 1984, is an uncommon example of the artist’s work as the subject is in repose with an experimental minimalist aesthetic. Created using scrap metal from a school bus, the painted steel elements seem to combine organically. Butterfield is widely recognized for her materials-oriented approach to sculpture. 
<br>
<br>Deborah Butterfield's work is included in numerous museum collections, including the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Rockwell Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, the Boise Art Museum, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, the Neuberger Museum of Art, and the Rockford Art Museum among many others. In the 1970s, Butterfield made her first horses from plaster, papier-mâché, and mud and sticks. In 1980, she traveled to Israel on a John Simon Guggenheim grant, and worked with steel and other detritus of wars, and determined the material held emotional content. This set her on a course of making horses with found and welded steel, fused aluminum, copper, and wood — materials that also have a history. Butterfield’s “Yellow River,” c. 1984, is an uncommon example of the artist’s work as the subject is in repose with an experimental minimalist aesthetic. Created using scrap metal from a school bus, the painted steel elements seem to combine organically. Butterfield is widely recognized for her materials-oriented approach to sculpture. 
<br>
<br>Deborah Butterfield's work is included in numerous museum collections, including the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Rockwell Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, the Boise Art Museum, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, the Neuberger Museum of Art, and the Rockford Art Museum among many others. In the 1970s, Butterfield made her first horses from plaster, papier-mâché, and mud and sticks. In 1980, she traveled to Israel on a John Simon Guggenheim grant, and worked with steel and other detritus of wars, and determined the material held emotional content. This set her on a course of making horses with found and welded steel, fused aluminum, copper, and wood — materials that also have a history. Butterfield’s “Yellow River,” c. 1984, is an uncommon example of the artist’s work as the subject is in repose with an experimental minimalist aesthetic. Created using scrap metal from a school bus, the painted steel elements seem to combine organically. Butterfield is widely recognized for her materials-oriented approach to sculpture. 
<br>
<br>Deborah Butterfield's work is included in numerous museum collections, including the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Rockwell Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, the Boise Art Museum, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, the Neuberger Museum of Art, and the Rockford Art Museum among many others. In the 1970s, Butterfield made her first horses from plaster, papier-mâché, and mud and sticks. In 1980, she traveled to Israel on a John Simon Guggenheim grant, and worked with steel and other detritus of wars, and determined the material held emotional content. This set her on a course of making horses with found and welded steel, fused aluminum, copper, and wood — materials that also have a history. Butterfield’s “Yellow River,” c. 1984, is an uncommon example of the artist’s work as the subject is in repose with an experimental minimalist aesthetic. Created using scrap metal from a school bus, the painted steel elements seem to combine organically. Butterfield is widely recognized for her materials-oriented approach to sculpture. 
<br>
<br>Deborah Butterfield's work is included in numerous museum collections, including the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Rockwell Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, the Boise Art Museum, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, the Neuberger Museum of Art, and the Rockford Art Museum among many others. In the 1970s, Butterfield made her first horses from plaster, papier-mâché, and mud and sticks. In 1980, she traveled to Israel on a John Simon Guggenheim grant, and worked with steel and other detritus of wars, and determined the material held emotional content. This set her on a course of making horses with found and welded steel, fused aluminum, copper, and wood — materials that also have a history. Butterfield’s “Yellow River,” c. 1984, is an uncommon example of the artist’s work as the subject is in repose with an experimental minimalist aesthetic. Created using scrap metal from a school bus, the painted steel elements seem to combine organically. Butterfield is widely recognized for her materials-oriented approach to sculpture. 
<br>
<br>Deborah Butterfield's work is included in numerous museum collections, including the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Rockwell Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, the Boise Art Museum, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, the Neuberger Museum of Art, and the Rockford Art Museum among many others.
Yellow Riverc. 198426 x 96 x 56 in. steel
Provenance
Private Collection, California
Private Collection, Colorado
In the 1970s, Butterfield made her first horses from plaster, papier-mâché, and mud and sticks. In 1980, she traveled to Israel on a John Simon Guggenheim grant, and worked with steel and other detritus of wars, and determined the material held emotional content. This set her on a course of making horses with found and welded steel, fused aluminum, copper, and wood — materials that also have a history. Butterfield’s “Yellow River,” c. 1984, is an uncommon example of the artist’s work as the subject is in repose with an experimental minimalist aesthetic. Created using scrap metal from a school bus, the painted steel elements seem to combine organically. Butterfield is widely recognized for her materials-oriented approach to sculpture.

Deborah Butterfield's work is included in numerous museum collections, including the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Rockwell Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, the Boise Art Museum, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, the Neuberger Museum of Art, and the Rockford Art Museum among many others.
Inquire

Similar Artworks

Julian Schnabel is an American painter whose style is associated with the Neo-Expressionist movement of the 1980s. Pascin Pig Passin Time is part of Schnabel’s broken plate series of paintings, inspired by the trencadís, or broken tile mosaic, of architect Antoni Gaudí. With a humorous title and depicting his first wife, Jacqueline Beaurang, the broken ceramics give Schnabel an assertive and textural surface in which to create large-scale works that captured the brash and audacious period of the 1980s.

JULIAN SCHNABEL

Deborah Butterfield is an American sculptor, best known for her sculptures of horses made of objects ranging from wood, metal, and other found objects. The 1981 piece, Untitled (Horse), is comprised of sticks and paper on wire armature. The impressive scale of this piece creates a remarkable effect in person, presenting a striking example of Butterfield's celebrated subject matter. Butterfield originally created the horses from wood and other materials found on her property in Bozeman, Montana and saw the horses as a metaphorical self-portrait, mining the emotional resonance of these forms.

DEBORAH BUTTERFIELD

Alex Katz is a pivotal figure in American figurative art. His colorful, stylized, flat portraiture and paintings stand in stark contrast to the Abstract Expressionism in which he came of age. Not quite minimalist, his deadpan figures have qualities that also lends comparisons to pop culture and commercial design. This painting of a man playing the ukulele highlights the sort of gatherings of young people that would interest Katz giving both the sense of cool detachment but also cool hipness.

ALEX KATZ

Richard Prince is one of the most influential names in contemporary art. Prince is part of The Pictures Generation, a loosely associated group of artists who appropriated mass media imagery to examine and question issues of stereotypes, cultural tropes, and the constructed narrative of images. Prince and The Pictures Generation helped to usher in post-modernism in art.
<br>
<br>In the late 1970s, Richard Prince began taking photographs of photographs, appropriation art in line with the readymades of Marcel Duchamp. "Untitled (Portrait)(Boy)" was included in the sensational 2014 Gagosian exhibition, New Portraits. For this series, Prince himself commented on each of the Instagram images and appropriated them for this body of work, creating a precise snapshot of our time. This work and series ask us to question the meaning within the proliferation of “selfies” and how people use these images to create and to project a narrative of themselves. It also challenges ideas of authorship, both constructing and deconstructing the nature of images while capturing a sense of immediacy within the apparatus of social media.

RICHARD PRINCE

WILLIAM MORRIS - Fallow Deer Situla - blown glass - 16 x 23 1/2 x 13 in.

WILLIAM MORRIS

THEASTER GATES - Lathe Black Box - wood, glass and lathe - 50 1/4 x 53 x 6 7/8 in.

THEASTER GATES

HASSEL SMITH - Untitled - acrylic on canvas - 68 x 67 3/4  in.

HASSEL SMITH

ALEX KATZ - Untitled - oil on masonite - 11 7/8 x 15 3/4 in.

ALEX KATZ

PETER SHELTON - Whitebagbone - mixed media - 86 x 22 x 18 in.

PETER SHELTON

HASSEL SMITH - From 1 to 9 - acrylic on canvas - 68 x 68 in.

HASSEL SMITH

THEASTER GATES - Stand-Ins for Period of Wreckage 25 - white concrete and porcelain - 48 x 12 x 12 in.

THEASTER GATES

KEITH HARING - Untitled - ink on illustration board - 4 5/8 x 5 1/2 in.

KEITH HARING

JEFF KOONS - Train (blue) - screenprint with digital inkjet on Somerset paper - 32 x 25 1/4 in.

JEFF KOONS

JOHN FRAME - Untitled - wood and mixed media - 53 x 40 x 6 3/4 in.

JOHN FRAME

AMY SILLMAN - Untitled #7 - gouache, chalk, and pencil on etching on paper - 31 x 28 in.

AMY SILLMAN

PETER SHELTON - whitebeard - 41 x 7 x 6 1/2 in.

PETER SHELTON

WILLIAM GLEN CROOKS - Night and Day Café - oil on canvas - 48 x 36 in.

WILLIAM GLEN CROOKS

TIMOTHY TOMPKINS - Jungle v.1 - commercial enamel on aluminum - 48 x 80 in.

TIMOTHY TOMPKINS

Conflating, collapsing, augmenting historical and bodily narratives through a satirical point of view.

EDGAR SERRANO

SIDDHARTH PARASNIS - Cityscape - oil on canvas - 48 x 48 in.

SIDDHARTH PARASNIS

STEPHEN P. CURRY - Cardinal (Pomegranates) - oil on canvas - 39 1/4 x 50 in.

STEPHEN P. CURRY

Ann Craven - Red Crescent Moon - oil painting - 14 1/8 x 14 1/8 in.

Ann Craven

WILLIAM WEGMAN - Open Window - large-format Polacolor print - 26 x 20 3/4 in

WILLIAM WEGMAN

CHINA ADAMS - Glass Box #25 - artist's burdensome possessions - 15 x 15 1/2 x 15 1/2 in.

CHINA ADAMS

PENELOPE GOTTLIEB - Hibiscadelphus wilderianus - ballpoint pen and graphite on paper - 59 1/4 x 39 1/4 in.

PENELOPE GOTTLIEB

TATIANA BOTTON - Tree of Life #9 - metal backing with metal clips with acrylic front - 60 x 40 in.

TATIANA BOTTON

ROGER THOMAS - Perfected World 3 Candlestick - pastel on Dieu Donné handmade archival rag - 60 x 40 in.

ROGER THOMAS

LAWRENCE LEE - There by Flight - India Ink, graphite, tea stains, pen and watercolor on paper - 32 x 32 in.

LAWRENCE LEE