Two artists born two years apart in 1903 & 1905, aspired to the creation of a “place” through their art. The next generation artists – Anselm Kiefer, Donald Judd – followed the same instinct, but unlike the next generation, Harvey Fite and Ann Norton labored in stone and brick almost alone for more than 30 years starting in middle age. Both artists made a name for themselves through a deco-style stone and concrete figurative sculpture. At home in West Palm Beach, Florida, and upstate New York, they made monumental works only seen at their homes / studios. Ann Norton laid bricks into giant abstract stellas among a suburban jungle. Harvey Fite lifted stones and harden a horizontal landscape of flowing shapes.
Ann Weaver Norton, 1905-1982
34 Years in West Palm Beach. 1947-1982
Harvey Fite, 1903–1976
37 Years in Saugerties, New York, near Woodstock, 1939-1976
Ann Norton Sculpture Garden, West Palm Beach, Florida
Harvey Fite, Opus 40, Saugerties, New York, near Woodstock