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The works that Bradford Graves produced, over 200 of which now reside in Kerhonkson, reflect his studies of

ancient megaliths, his fascination with the writings of Thoreau and his artistic philosophy that “stone came

from the Earth and with human intervention became sculpture, to lie on the ground only to return to the Earth

after time,”

Read more: Hudson Valley Times - Carving out a legacy Bradford Graves Sculpture Park in Kerhonkson showcases life’s work of master

stoneworker

"... The compositional schemes balance masses in a way that expresses tension between the forces of growth

and gravity ...

I remember his past shows as being primarily of carved stone sculptures of pronounced archaic or totemic

character..."

-Edward J . Sozanski, The Philadelphia Inquirer June 3, 2005

"The limestone carvings of Bradford Graves are a celebration of profound perplexity and mystery. They

explain themselves neither quickly nor easily. Instead, they invite deliberately paced intellectual search and

spiritual speculation...Stimulating the exercise of imagination, the sculptures challenge to invent their own

relevant meanings...these silent pieces of chiseled rock plumb the sublime. In their unique way they

illuminate mystical depths...there is a growing coterie of admirers able to appreciate the majesty implicit in

Graves’ language of form."

-Burton Wasserman May, 1996 - ART MATTERS

"Bradford Graves is an original and ingenious form maker....Graves’ display, one of the most striking and

profound sculpture solo exhibitions in Philadelphia in recent years, presents a profusion of abstract shapes

that seem to well up from the artists imagination as in natural growth."

-Victoria Donohoe, March 11, 1989 The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Two unusually accomplished artists are now on view. Especially impressive is Bradford Graves, a sculptor

who works imaginatively in limestone. Graves seems to be creating modest-sized monuments...his work is

most effective when they create the impression of almost natural elements such as one might find, perhaps, in

a Surreal seaside landscape."

-James R. Mellow, May 19, 1973 - The New York Times

"Another fine display of sculpture may be seen at Georgetown University’s Inter-Cultural Center and features

the work of New York sculptor Bradford Graves...More so than with the work of many modern sculptors, the

viewer must rely on his intuition to interpret his pieces...In sum, Mr. Graves’ sculpture is enigmatic. It unites

the twin themes of natural organic development and human-imposed structure. It succeeds. The success of

this synthesis occurs on a strictly subliminal level: and it’s good that it does because it keeps one thinking,

questioning."

-Michael Weizenbach, May 1, 1986 The Washington Times

"Art galleries no longer show much carved stone sculpture which makes the show by Bradford Graves

something of an anomaly. He wants it to say stone in the traditional sense, but he also tries to make it a

vehicle for contemporary sculptural language. This results in work that looks a bit other worldly, as if it had

dropped in from another planet....The sculptures look archaic, like archeological artifacts. On the other hand

their abstraction is organic and totally contemporary which sets up a rather vigorous clash of

sensations. ...Either way, it gets your attention."

-April 9, 1993 The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Bradford Graves sustains the greatest amount of interest through his low-keyed and highly evocative works

of profound originality....His work combines pallid, subtly textured rock with water that rests in a track-like

indentation that runs down the length of limestone. The elements slowly fuse....In other works Graves evokes

his haunting rhythms, stimulating quiet contemplation of his most unusual and visionary gems of sculpture."

-Barbara Cavaliere, Sept., 1978 arts magazine

"An unusually accomplished artist is now on view in the museums’ galleries. Bradford Graves works

imaginatively in limestone, sometimes smoothing it into seemingly weather, slab-like shapes, sometimes

breaking it up into smallish, gravel-like chunks, and sometimes even stringing it together with strands of

rope. Graves’ works are most effective when they create the impression of almost natural elements such as

one might find, perhaps, in a Surreal seaside landscape. "

-Elizabeth Steves, May 19, 1973 The New York Times

 

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