Press & Media

“Lifelines”, Gambit Weekly

As years go, 2005 was a big one for acclaimed African-American sculptor John Scott. In May of that year, a retrospective exhibition of the then 65-year-old artist”s work was held at the New Orleans Museum of Art. It was a big success by all the measures that matter.

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“Thugs take a hacksaw to our spirit” New Orleans Times-Picayune

Art, by its very nature, is worth more than the ingredients that give it shape. A clay pot is worth more than the lump of clay from which it was formed, a painting more than the paint and canvas. Similarly, the bronze sculptures in John Scott’s eastern New Orleans studio were worth more than the bronze itself.

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“Circle Dance: The Art of John Scott”, Louisiana Cultural Vistas

In his efforts to recount the picturesque scenes and bodily sensations of Congo Square — an open space for slaves in antebellum New Orleans — author Henry Edward Durell (under the nom de plume Henry Didimus) invoked a flood of images in the preceding epigraph. Geometrical shapes meet human bodies in this descriptive whirl of music-making and dancing. The interminable, incessant sounds of drumming, singing, crying, shouting, and rhythmic pounding are conceived as a form of music that, on the face of it, has no end.

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“A New Wave”, New Orleans Times-Picayune

John Scott has spent his life transforming metal and wood into visual stories about black culture in New Orleans.

But the artist’s biggest challenge may be his latest: turning the derelict Lincoln Beach into a premier recreation spot while preserving its rich history through art.

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