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Sculpture Milwaukee is ramping up for season No. 3.

Sculpture Milwaukee returns for a third year

The third installment of the annual outdoor public art exhibition returns to Downtown this summer.

Sculpture Milwaukee will bring 22 works of art to Wisconsin Avenue from June 7 to Oct. 27, including works by Atlanta-based Radcliffe Bailey, California's John Baldessari, Berlin-based Elmgreen & Dragset, London-based Richard Woods, New York's Roxy Paine, and Beverly Pepper, an American artist living in Italy.

Each of the works will be available for purchase. Installation of the sculptures is expected to begin in May.

One of the works from last year's show was purchased and donated to Milwaukee Art Museum by an anonymous donor. That work is expected to be installed next to the museum, along the lakefront, this spring.

Sculpture Milwaukee, for the third time, is curated by Marilu Knode, the former director of St. Louis' Laumeier Sculpture Park, and former Milwaukee Art Museum Director Russell Bowman.

"We are thrilled to bring these spectacular works by remarkable artists to Downtown Milwaukee," said Knode in a statement Tuesday. "Every piece has a story to tell. There's John Baldessari, one of the most important American artists of the post-war period, and Beverly Pepper, the first artist to use Cor-Ten steel, who is still actively creating at 96 years young. Looking at the exhibition as a whole, the works use different combinations of abstraction and figuration to express the ideas of the artists."

Sculpture Milwaukee – founded by Steve Marcus – will also include a specially commissioned work by a Milwaukee artist. The full slate of artists and works will be announced in coming weeks, according to the statement.

"Now in its third year, Sculpture Milwaukee has truly transformed Downtown in the summertime with its lively, urban art exhibition, accessible to all," said Marcus, who is chairman of the Sculpture Milwaukee board.

"As a result of recent events, the eyes of the nation and the world are on Milwaukee, and thanks to the support of our donors and Milwaukee businesses, Sculpture Milwaukee helps propel our image as a world-class and visionary city onto a global stage."


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