Modern American Sculpture
January 4 – February 9, 2008
Opening reception: Friday, January 4, 7-9 p.m.

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Elie Nadelman, Two Woman (One Seated), c. 1930-35, decorated and glazed terra-cotta, 10 3/4 x 7 1/4 x 4 inches.

Los Angeles, California – Forum Gallery presents the exhibition Modern American Sculpture from January 4th through February 9th, 2008, with an opening reception Friday evening January 4th, 2008, from 7-9:00 p.m.  The exhibition includes works by important American artists of the first half of the 20th century, and a special installation of “structurist” wall-reliefs.
Among the most dramatic inclusions in Modern American Sculpture is a group of four works by Alexander Archipenko (1887-1964). Woman with Cat (1910), Torso Nocturne (1929), Walking Girl (1930) and Small Torso in Space (c. 1938) are all quintessential examples of the work of this seminal figure in 20th century sculpture.  Archipenko’s unique depiction of profile and line changed the way the world saw form in space.  By 1923, when he emigrated to the United States, Archipenko was well-known in Europe, and had been included, alongside fellow Cubist sculptor Pablo Picasso, in the landmark 1913 New York Armory Show.  
Austrian born Chaim Gross (1904-1991) is represented in the exhibition by five expressive works in wood and bronze.  A master carver, Gross began working as early as 1926 with tropical woods, extracting magical shapes from their grain and mastering the sculptural possibilities of mahogany, ebony, sabicu, and lignum vitae, perhaps the hardest wood known to man.   The artist’s life-long admiration for circus performers is shown in his Flying Trapeze on Ice from 1958 and his Unicyclist from three years earlier.  Gross has harnessed the energy of these performers, simplifying their forms to create works of abstract novelty.
Cleveland born sculptor Hugo Robus (1885-1964) is represented in the exhibition with seven sculptures from the compact and dynamic Girl with Wasp, to the steamlined and elegant Paean..  In Woman Doing her Hair from 1956 the artist has sculpted a woman’s nude torso, the figure’s head sharply tilted downwards, her slender arms outstretched above her head with her hands uniting around a tuft of hair. The compositional result is one of great  equipoise.  
Hair coiffing is also the subject of Eli Nadelman’s exquisite papier-mâché Woman Dressing Another Woman's Hair.  Polish born Eli Nadelman (1882-1946) first came to the United States in 1914, and the next year Alfred Stieglitz exhibited his work at his avant-garde New York gallery “291”. Nadelman constantly experimented with sculptural materials, working in wood, bronze, and marble to leave an indelible mark as one of the 20th century’s greatest sculptors.  Examples of his work are included in every major museum collection in the country.
The special installation, Structure, is exclusively devoted to three dimensional relief works by Charles Biederman, Ilya Bolotowsky, Eli Bornstein, Sidney Gordin and Nikolai Kasak, whose multi-colored wall-reliefs combine linear form with nature-based abstraction.  These works have a harmonious and durable presence that elevates their perception immeasurably.

Modern American Sculpture also includes works by Franc Epping, Thomas Lomedico, Arnold Rönnebeck, John Storrs, Max Weber and William Zorach.

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