Roles in Archive: Artist
Time on the Bowery: 1958 - 1959; 1963 - 1976; Location: 134 Bowery
Tom Doyle (b. 1928) moved to New York in 1957 where he became a key figure in the first generation of Abstract Expressionist sculptors. Alongside Mark di Suvero, Charles Ginnever, and David Weinrib, Doyle was among the vanguard of artists to explore in sculptural terms the revelations of Abstract Expressionist painting. In 1961, Doyle met and married Eva Hesse, and the couple began a four year partnership in which their individual practices and interests informed each other’s work. Throughout his career, physicality and direct involvement in the materials has always been a primary concern for Doyle, in sharp contrast to the delegation of his Pop art contemporaries. Doyle taught sculpture for three decades at a variety of institutions in New York City. His work has been exhibited in museum shows around the world, and he has had solo exhibitions at a great number of important galleries. In 1994 Doyle was awarded a life time achievement award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.