Bill King Sculpture Placed on Grounds of Town Hall

“Nureyev & Fontaine” by Bill King.

For more than 40 years, Bill King called East Hampton home.

The distinctive and prolific artist had work held by the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and was the recipient of four honorary doctorates, the International Sculpture Center Lifetime Achievement Award and the Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

King was a fixture on the East End and, until his death in 2015, he was deeply involved in the community. Now, a testament to that sits on the grounds of East Hampton Town Hall — his sculpture, “Nureyev & Fontaine,” donated last year by Laura Cutler to the Town of East Hampton.

“It is a privilege to have this sculpture on Town Hall grounds,” Councilwoman Sylvia Overby said in a press release. “Bill King was an artist known worldwide and he loved and celebrated East Hampton.”

In partnership with the East Hampton Arts Council, the town recently placed the sculpture on the grounds located at 159 Pantigo Road.

“We are very pleased to honor the sculpture of late artist Bill King with a prominent placement of ‘Nureyev and Fontaine’ on the East Hampton Town Hall grounds,” according to Jane Martin, co-chair of the East Hampton Arts Council. “The arts play a prominent role in the history, culture and attraction of East Hampton and this display of sculpture honors the long history of arts on the East End.”

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