L. Brent Kington: Mythic Metalsmith
It is an honor to present a retrospective exhibition of a southern Illinois artist whose artistic footprint on the world of metalsmithing and blacksmithing is profound: "L. Brent Kington." He is primarily responsible for forging the resurgence of blacksmithing as a contemporary art form and, in the process, nurturing new generations of blacksmithing artists.
The retrospective spans over forty-five years and features objects borrowed from private and museum collections. The exhibition revisits pieces of forged iron and steel that represent the transition to blacksmithing, forged iron and steel kinetic weathervanes, pieces from the Icarus series and his newer contemporary abstract sculpture. "L. Brent Kington: Mythic Metalsmith" will be on display at the Illinois State Museum from April 18 to September 6, 2010.