Visitors may notice a change in the landscape of Ross School’s East Hampton campus. No Fuss, the 16-ton sculpture loaned to the school by world-renowned artist Mark di Suvero, has moved on to the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in Raleigh, North Carolina, where it joins another of di Suvero’s sculptures—Ulalu, a 26-foot-tall stainless steel sculpture—at NCMA’s Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park in December. The NCMA Park, which is free and open year-round, is home to dozens of temporary and permanent works of public art as well as environmentally sustainable landscapes, gardens, and civic trails.
The friendship of Ross School Founder Courtney Sale Ross and di Suvero dates back to 1977, when she selected one of his pieces to appear in an art show commemorating New York state’s bicentennial. The two bonded over a shared love of art and commitment to education, and they worked to support emerging artists.
No Fuss has been a much-loved fixture on campus since 2010, when it was installed to great fanfare. A schoolwide contest was held to choose a title for the then-unnamed piece, and hundreds of students and other community members have enjoyed its grandeur as they entered the Ross School Tennis Center.
Ross was honored to host the work as part of the school’s dedication to using art and artifact to support Ross’s Spiral Curriculum—in this case, art from the modern era. Di Suvero has been a key figure in the development of postwar American sculpture and the Abstract Expressionist movement. Some of Ross’s earliest students were fortunate enough to learn about his artistic journey firsthand when he hosted them at his Long Island City studio over two decades ago.
After an elevator accident in 1960 left di Suvero critically injured, his style evolved to incorporate industrial tools like the electric arc welder and the crane into his artistic process. He is widely known for creating large-scale pieces from stainless steel and found objects.
A passionate advocate for public art, di Suvero was instrumental in founding the Park Place Gallery, a New York–based artist cooperative where his work was exhibited through 1967. He also established the Socrates Sculpture Park at the site of a landfill on the East River in Queens in 1986.
His many accomplishments include being the first living artist to have his work displayed in Paris’s Le Jardin des Tuileries and being honored as a recipient of the 2010 Medal of Art, along with Quincy Jones, Harper Lee, and Meryl Streep. For his artistic contributions and support of emerging artists, di Suvero was awarded the 11th annual Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities in 2005.
“We are grateful that we were able to provide a home for Mr. di Suvero’s compelling piece for so many years, and we are honored to see that No Fuss, which has sparked such robust conversation on our campus, will be foundational to a public sculpture park, especially knowing how deeply Mr. di Suvero values open access to art,” said Ross School Founder Courtney Sale Ross. “The NCMA Park and its mission of sustainability and art education are a wonderful fit for this piece of Ross School history. We wish Mr. di Suvero and the NCMA all the best, and we look forward to seeing the piece in its new home.”
Plans to replace No Fuss have not yet been finalized.