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Harper portrait

CIA News Highlight

March 20, 2019

William Harper: The Beautiful & the Grotesque

The master metalsmith has spent a lifetime making magic with high and low materials -- and his wild imagination.

By Karen Sandstrom

Two kinds of sounds can be on in the background when William Harper is making jewelry: classical music or tedious television. The creating side of Harper’s brain likes a certain type of side stimulation but not so much as to be distracting. Repetitiveness is good for the process.

“Lately, it’s been MSNBC. You hear the same thing over and over,” Harper says. “I can’t have a good movie on.”

Such are the quirks of an improvisational process that has served Harper for a career as he built a vast collection of pieces made of fine metals, enamel and...

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LeWitt drawing 436A

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CIA artists continue what conceptualist LeWitt started years ago

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Portrait of Fitzpatrick by Robert Muller/CIA.

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Portrait of Peter Renner

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Anna Arnold portrait

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Painter Anna Arnold finds reward showcasing others

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Sarah Kabot portrait

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Chris and Shelley Harvan in the mid-90s

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