Beauty in bronze: the sculptures of Robert Marcus at the Cape Cod Museum of Art

Exhibit to run April 11 through June 6, 2010 in Dennis
Dream by Robert Marcus. Courtesy of CCMA.

The sculpture of Robert Marcus will be on exhibition at the Cape Cod Museum of Art April 11 - June 6. His work, highlighted by topologically interesting surfaces, ranges from wall reliefs of playful biomorphic shapes to life-sized bronze abstractions.

Marcus enjoys the texture, appearance, and strength of bronze. Many of his pieces originate in clay or plaster, and his life-sized works begin from wax body molds made directly from a human model. Most of his sculptural ideas, however, find their final form in bronze metal. Marcus is inspired by the flowing curves of the human form and the negative spaces they create.

His pieces have won prizes in multiple exhibitions in the New York area, and many of Marcus’ pieces are housed in private collections in the U.S. and in Canada.

Marcus has been creating indoor and outdoor bronze sculptures since 1975. He studied at the Summit Art Center in Summit, NJ, and at the Johnson Sculpture Atelier in Princeton, NJ.  He learned the “lost wax” method for creating bronze sculptures through visits to art foundries in the New York area. Marcus taught courses in sculpture in New Jersey at the Somerset Art Association and the New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, led workshops in mold making and in the lost wax casting of bronze, as well as teaching privately. He has a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and has worked as a research scientist and as a university professor in physics and nanoelectronics.

During the exhibition at the CCMA, Marcus will be featured in two separate events. A demonstration of Making Life-Size Bronzes using Body Molding is Sunday, May 9, 2 pm and he will be the featured lecturer at a Gallery Talk on Thursday, May 20, 2 pm. Both events are free with museum admission.

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