New sculpture on view!

March 6, 2017

Fish’s Web, 1995. Fritz Dietel (born 1960). Mixed media and wood, 30 x 88 x 32 inches. Delaware Art Museum, F. V. du Pont Acquisition Fund, 1996. © Fritz Dietel.

Fritz Dietel’s Fish’s Web first appeared on the walls of the Delaware Art Museum during Biennial ’96, an exhibition of the “liveliest and best contemporary art from Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore.” Following the close of the show, the Museum purchased the sculpture and has recently installed it in one of its main public spaces. The sculpture complements two other works on view in the Museum’s East Court—Al Held’s Rome II (1982) and Dennis Beach’s Drift #19 (2011). All three works of art utilize geometric abstraction to active two and three-dimensional space.

Fritz Dietel is a Philadelphia-based sculptor whose works are installed in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Milton Hershey School, and corporate offices in the city. Dietel received his bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture from the University of the Arts in 1984 and has been the recipient of fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in 1990 and the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage in 2007. The artist has participated in group exhibitions throughout the Northeast, and his organic sculptures are included in the public collections of Camden County College, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Wooster School in Danbury, among others.

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