A New American Sculpture, 1914-1945

Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach

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May 26 2017 - Sep 8 2017

A New American Sculpture, 1914-1945: Lachaise: Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach is the first exhibition to investigate the integral relationships between modernism, classicism, and popular imagery in the interwar sculpture of Gaston Lachaise, Robert Laurent, Elie Nadelman, and William Zorach. The exhibition, co-organized by the Portland Museum of Art and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, will explore how this circle of European-born artists became preeminent figures of modernism in the United States. By juxtaposing their works, A New American Sculpture will reveal the confluences of sources—from archaism and European avant-garde art to vernacular traditions and American popular culture—that informed these artists' novel contributions to the history of sculpture. Assembled from public and private collections, this exhibition of approximately 60 sculptures and a number of preparatory drawings will address the remarkable affinities between the oeuvre of four divergent personalities, who redefined sculpture's expressive potential during the turbulent interbellum period.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.

  • Sculpture
  • American
  • 20th Century
  • Gaston Lachaise
  • Robert Laurent
  • Elie Nadelman
  • William Zorach

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