The Nasher Sculpture Center is the recipient of a landmark gift of work by American artist Manuel Neri (b. 1930). The Manuel Neri Trust donated the five sculpture sculptures and ten related drawings which span Neri’s career from the early 1960s to the beginning of this century.
A native of California, Neri spent his entire career in the San Francisco Bay Area. Working primarily in plaster, Neri sought to synthesize expressive representational and abstract modes, often painting his plasters and then carving away the painted areas. Early works such as Carla V (pictured on opening of post) exhibit a highly textured surface with varying planes of color. His body work explores the expressive qualities of the figure.
In 2006, Neri received the Lifetime Achievement in Sculpture award from the International Sculpture Center. His work is internationally renowned and has been exhibited in major museum and gallery exhibitions both in the U.S. and abroad. It is also represented in numerous museum collections, including, now, the Nasher Sculpture Center.