Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, permanent collection
Storm King Art Center, permanent collections
Metropolitan Museum of Art
National Academy of Arts and Letters
Mead Art Museum, Amherst College
Royal Academy of Arts, London
The German Embassy, London
Willard Boepple is an unabashed modernist: an innovator within a strong and defined sculptural tradition that renews itself through passion and surprise. The artist’s ambition makes sense of the strange mix of complexity and streamlining that characterizes his work. His aesthetic is refined, with an enormous emphasis on economy and restraint. He is not interested in reduction per se. In fact, the tighter the work, the more packed it is with formal intrigue. This is evident in the strong line and apperception of space demonstrated in his beautiful, dance-like sculptures.
Lining the walls of the blank white space in vibrant hues of yellow, purple, orange, and green, the half-folded origami shapes feel less like an investigation into the quotidian and more like an experiment in a modern, minimal typology, classifying his language of shapes and forms into physical characteristics. The diversity of shape from one set of repeated images to the next nearly disappears into the absolute series-ness of the show, reinforced by the continuously bright color palate and the unfailing illusion of overlapping transparency. (Alix Taylor, Unpacking Willard Boepple’s Monoprints, July 16, 2014).
Willard Boepple was born in Bennington, VT in 1945 and currently splits his time between Vermont and New York City. He is represented in New York, London, and New England. His work is included in the public collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Storm King Art Center, Mountainville; and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK, among others. He was elected to the National Academy of Arts and Letters in New York in 2010 and his work was included in their 2015 invitational exhibition.