Thursday, June 23, 2011

Artist #10: Magdalena Abakanowicz

My dad went on a trip to Texas for his work. He went to a conference that was next to the Nasher Sculpture Center. It’s basically an outdoor sculpture gallery. Here's the Nasher Sculpture Center website! Anyways, because he went I looked it up some of the sculptures he would have seen. He proudly could pick out the Picasso before he read the plaque (Good job Dad! lol). So I checked out the website and saw one of my favorite sculptors that was exhibited there was Magdalena Abakanowicz’s Bronze Crowd. Thus I'll do a post about her too! :)
Magdalena Abakanowicz is from Poland and lived there during the invasion in World War II. The violent and uncertainty of this time had a huge impact on her and her artwork, which is mostly sculptural. Her main focus of her artwork is about the idea of "the crowd". Sometimes on how small one can feel amongst a crowd and others focusing on small differences in the repeated forms of individuals within a crowd. She creates organic humanoid shapes that are often dehumanized by leaving out body parts or the rough textural qualities that make the forms almost inorganic. Magdalena Abakanowicz has works displayed around the world. Here's her website!
Bronze Crowd, 1990-91 Bronze, 71 1/8 x 23 x 15 1/2 in.
(180.7 x 58.4 x 39.4 cm.) Overall: 4400lb. (1995.8kg)
Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Dallas, Texas
Photo credit: Tom Jenkins

The Bronze Crowd, which my dad saw in person and I sadly only got to experience online is a wonderful sculpture which also focuses on the crowd theme. There are thirty-six, huge figures standing together (but far enough that you can walk between them) that appear almost identical, but in fact are each unique. I would love to incorporate the idea of having multiple things that are dehumanized and individual in my senior seminar work, but to do it with dolls that I make. I'll have to talk to Professor Henry about maybe doing some casting.

Also I'm going to show another image of my favorite work by Magdalena Abakanowicz, entitled 80 Backs. I love this one because I really feel the sorrow, the pain and heaviness of the hunched backs. A kind of combined deep hurt of a collective people.
80 Backs
1976-80, burlap and resin
collection: Museum of Modern Art, Pusan, South Korea.
Picture Credit

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