Born in Brooklyn in 1922, Beverly Pepper spent most of her adult life working in central Italy. She was a world-renowned sculptor who had been working since the 1950’s in a variety of materials. Although she was known for her monumental public works, site specific and land art installations throughout the world, Pepper had also mastered more intimate forms in cast iron, Cor-ten steel, bronze, stainless steel and stone, treating each material with unique delicacy. In addition, Pepper was among the first artist to use Cor-Ten steel in her sculptures in the early 1970s. Originally drawn to the material for its aged look, experiences of time and space motivate her practice.
Her works have been exhibited and collected by major museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the White House Sculpture Garden, the Hirschhorn Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., Les Jardins du Palais Royal in Paris, the Palazzo degli Uffizi in Florence, and numerous other national museums in Europe and Asia. She is a recipient of The Alexander Calder Prize, the International Sculpture Center’s 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award and Chevalier de l’Ordre des arts et des lettres in France.