Since 1932 – Our Story
We don’t know much about those beginning years. Unfortunately, few records remain. In 1971 John was interviewed and referred to Bedford Bronze as a one-man foundry, working Saturdays and Sundays. As it grew, he hired helpers. John shared his belief that in the art foundry business the relationship to the artist is of central importance. “Every piece of work is … a different story, a different challenge”. The foundry is here to serve the artist who is the customer.
In 1944 when John changed the location of the foundry, and the name to Modern Art Foundry, paper records began to be saved. The written history of Modern Art Foundry can be found in Job Log Journals, Job Cards, and Customer Files. Jacques Lipchitz was a regular customer of Modern Art Foundry’s in the 1940s-1960s. John mentions other artists in the 1971 interview: Doris Caesar, Mary Callery, Maria Martins, Malvina Hoffman, Reuben Kramer, Anna Hyatt Huntington, and Jose de Creeft.
Bob served artists for over fifty years. He became an iconic elder statesman in the art foundry scene around the world. In 2019, the National Sculpture Society acknowledged his contributions with the Sculpture House Casting Award, recognizing Bob’s service to the art world. In April 2020, Bob died at age 88.
The year 2022 was Modern Art Foundry’s 90th year in the art casting business. Having moved from first to second generation, Bob’s youngest son Jeffrey began working in 1993, joining his sister, Bob’s eldest daughter Mary Jo in a transition plan. In the early 2000s Jeffrey and Mary Jo became the third generation of the Spring Family to run the day-to-day operations started by their grandfather.
At Modern Art Foundry, on any given work day, you will find critically acclaimed artists working with our staff, and at the same time a young artist or emerging artist will be engaged in the process to have their works cast. These encounters will take place in our conference room, modeling area, wax room, finishing room, with our patina specialist. It will include sculpture headed to prestigious art institutions, to private collectors, and to group shows in smaller exhibition settings. Modern Art Foundry may not have seen it all, but we’ve seen and cast quite a bit. It would not be any surprise if the number of works we’ve cast sits close to one hundred thousand.
Modern Art Foundry is first and foremost a fine art lost wax casting foundry. While it strides toward its’ centennial year in 2032 it remains committed to serving artists and the art community worldwide. Modern Art Foundry has made significant contributions to the history of art casting. In 2021 the Modern Art Foundry Foundation was established to preserve and protect the archives of Modern Art Foundry. In addition, the Robert J. Spring Endowment for Sculptors was launched to continue the spirit and influence Bob provided to sculptors during his lifetime. The goal of serving artists with fine art casting services, conservation services, design services, educational opportunities and more, has weaved its way through all three generations of Modern Art Foundry.