My Sheldon Rose

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“All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.”
Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American Writer.

I was poking around in one of my favorite consignment/antique shops…. The Barn in Bigfork, MT, when I saw……THIS.  My Sheldon Rose.  It’s huge, it’s amazing, it weighs a ton, and I had to have it.  This is a large piece of art made of typography letters arranged in this cool shape.  I chatted with the seller, and she said that she was selling it for her aunt, who was elderly, but had purchased it with her husband when they were young and living in Seattle.  Apparently it was a gallery purchase, and she was always particularly fond of it, but now had to downsize to move.  I have been trying very hard to find out more about the artist, Sheldon Rose.  It’s been difficult thus far, but I am determined.  I found some auctions sites who have a few of his other pieces for sale.  They’re quite pricy, so I’m thinking that I got a fair deal on my piece. I’ve also determined that he was likely a German artist, as the auction sites I saw were in Germany.  If anyone knows anything about this artist, please fill me in.  Whatever the case, I get happy every time I look at this above my couch.  It’s full of letters, my favorite thing, because letters make words, and words make stories, and what could be better than that?!

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11 thoughts on “My Sheldon Rose

  1. There was a question about the alphasculpt artist, Sheldon Rose. Some info (he was my cousin): Sheldon was from Queens, NY and a graduate of Cooper Union. Kind of an interesting guy and very talented. Quite well known from the late-1960’s into the 1970’s. He always had a “rose” inserted into his pieces or inscribed his name on the back of a piece. Hope this helps.

  2. I have the exact same piece and recently found out who made it. That’s basically how I made it here. Had no idea his name was right on the front of the piece!

  3. Sheldon was my father. He and I had many interesting weekends during his visitation, ( my parents were divorced).
    We would go to Hippie Colonies and rescue dead animals with a shovel, to get them off the road. Last time I saw him was in
    !979. I am now 55 and wasn’t sure if he was alive, so I googled him and got to your website. He did go to Cooper Union which was very prestigious at the time but was struggling. I take it from his cousins response that he is deceased. Enjoy the artwork,
    it truly was his idea.
    Sincerely,
    Debra

  4. Oh, Debra. Thank you so much for your response to my post about my piece of art work by your father. I write articles for an art publication, and I desperately wanted to do a bio piece about Sheldon Rose. It seems his story is quite a mystery. I can’t imagine wondering about the fate of your father for so many years. I think he was a brilliant artist. Thank you once again for sharing your story. I would love to keep in touch! Would you be open to an e-mail? Kind regards, Kerrie More

  5. I just this morning purchased this same piece. I bought it at an estate sale out of the home of a typesetter. There were trays upon trays of typesetting materials. This adorned the wall of his paneled den. He certainly prized it, and now I do as well.

    Debra, Thank you for sharing about your father. That was kind of you to comment. His work lives on for me.

  6. Hi everyone, i’m currently writing my university dissertation on the history and practice of letterpress.
    I came across Mr Rose’s work in a book about old 19th century american woodblock type and after some pretty deep google searching I also couldn’t find much about his back story or the history of his work.
    It did however lead me here and I thought i’d share the page from the book I found.

    It wont let me attach an image but here’s an imgur link to a scan I took (I promise its just an image link!)

    I hope you find this interesting and or helpful

    regards

    – Blaine

  7. Hi Blaine! Thanks for sharing the image link. It’s exciting to see another piece of Sheldon Rose information! Can you share the title of the publication? I might try to see if it’s available at my library. Please stop back to share any further information you might find!

  8. Kerrie,
    I also have a Sheldon Rose piece like yours–it’s really cool that the one you have is pictured in the article above. It seems some of his large sculptural pieces contain words and phrases, place names and dates that can be read backwards or in a mirror, which is how I looked at mine. Perhaps they are personal details or sometimes I wonder if it’s anti-Vietnam war messaging. I’ve only managed to find some ads for Sheldon Rose gallery shows from the 1967 and 1974 in terms of research.

  9. Hi Karen! I frequently hear from folks who also have Sheldon Rose pieces. I think we should start a “fan club!”

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