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 who works within a well-defined sculptural tradition made new through his passion and his wonderful sense of surprise. Boepple’s ambition is to make manifest the latent friction and release in these volumetric drawings: his geometries are extrapolated out in three dimensions, creating a changing symphony of negative spaces as one surveys his sculptures from different perspectives. He emphasizes economy and restraint in the judicious placement of each linear element: these works are both concise and quite light, creating beautiful dance-like structures of complexity and ease.
Willard Boepple is deeply attuned to the shape of color. His sheer, skeletal sculptures, abstracted from their surroundings in emphatic though often offbeat monochromes accentuate the sensation of a succession of planes. His unique screenprints, published in cycles, are supremely, playfully dimensional, teasing different readings withing nested families of stenciled forms through intuitively progressive color variations. In what now seems the inevitable next step he has begun to produce printed sculpture. (David Cohen, Artcritical, 2017).
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.