David Black

David Black (1928- )

A native of Gloucester, Massachusetts Black is Professor Emeritus at Ohio State University with a studio in Columbus, Black is an internationally recognized sculptor and the recipient of numerous honors during a long career in public art. His two representative monumental walk-under structures in the Putnam Collection, Coastlines (1983) and Euclid’s Circle (1995) that combine architectural fundamentals (pillars, arches, etc.) with the spatial dynamics of sculpture are among the works he calls “proto-architecture”. Black is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. With a two-year DAAD grant (1970-72) the German government invited him to live in Berlin, where Die Neue National Galerie held a major one-man exhibition of his work and commissioned a 22’ work Skypiece for its sculpture courtyard . Subsequently he received a Fulbright fellowship in Italy where he lived and worked in Florence. In 1985 his monumental piece Windpoint won the International Henry Moore Sculpture Competition in Nagano, Japan. More than twenty-five of his major sculptures are installed in Japan, Germany, and in the United States. Black’s over 150’ long spectacular award winning stainless steel sculpture Flyover in Dayton Ohio celebrates the achievement of the Wright Brothers , Ohio’s aviation pioneers.

Works in the collection:

10 Coastlines, 1983
Aluminum and white epoxy
School of Medicine, Health and Sciences Library Podium, [1983.1]

26 Euclid’s Circle, 1995
Aluminum with polyurethane coating
Euclid and Mayfield roads, the Triangle, [1995.1]


The Putnam Sculpture Collection
Case Western Reserve University
11201 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7110