Buster Simpson, Secured Embrace, 2011-present. Cast concrete, tree roots, and stainless steel cable, 52 x 168 x 52 in.

Buster Simpson


Frye Art Museum

Buster Simpson’s recent, and long overdue, retrospective proved a major undertaking on a number of fronts. The challenge for curator Scott Lawri­more was to contain Simpson’s far-flung sensibility, but not taxidermize it. For the most part, he succeeded. Emerging from the avant-garde crucible of 1960s Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan-based ONCE Group, Simpson gravitated to Seattle in 1973 after co-founding the Pil­chuck Glass School with Dale Chihuly…see the entire review in the print version of July/August’s Sculpture magazine.