Contemporary medals on display at New York gallery

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July 12 ,2018 – Medialia Gallery in New York hosts currently “TEXTURE TEMPERATURE WEIGHT”, an exhibit of over a hundred medallic sculptures created by members of the American Medallic Sculpture Association (AMSA). Founded in 1982, AMSA encourages the creation and study of this unique art form in North America. The exhibit is curated and organized by Mashiko, AMSA member and director of Medialia Gallery. 

A medal by Francesca Muscianesi.

Contemporary medallic sculpture roots are international, and trace back to the bas-relief traditions of ancient monetary coins and Renaissance portrait medals. Styles in this exhibit range from the traditions of uniface and obverse/reverse (two faced) medals, to sculptural interpretations. Materials range from traditional cast and struck bronze formats to 3D digital printing, cast resin, constructions of found objects, and combinations of other materials unconventionally used in medallic art.

This medal is by Carsten Theumer.

108 medals created from 2015 to 2018 will be on display. The works of 42 living AMSA members are accompanied by those of five deceased members whose works have been promoted by Medialia Gallery. These artists are: gem engraver Irving Mazze (d. 2005); figurative sculptor and medalist Leonda Froehlich Finke (d. 2017); figurative sculptor Barbara Leckberg (d. 2018); art medal and commemorative medalist, former AMSA president, and first USA FIDEM delegate John Cook (d. 2014); and figurative sculptor Mico Kaufman (d. 2016).

This medal (showing obverse and reverse of one medal) was made by Eugene Daub.

AMSA board member Marie Jean Lederman proposed this exhibition in 2016. After many discussions about exhibition specifications a final prospectus was announced to the members in October 2017. This exhibition was made possible by Lederman’s foresight, enthusiasm, persistence, and patience. 

The exhibition runs until July 29, 2018.

For more information go to the Medialia Gallery website.