The strength of Halahmy’s talent is apparent in his strong, lyrical sculptures. Each of his moving pieces, the bronze leaping out in unexpected directions, pays homage to his Iraqi roots and to his life, of which he has spent the last 35 years in New York City.
Halahmy’s sculptures are part of several important collections, including the Guggenheim, New York, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, as well as other public and private collections worldwide.
Halahmy’s lyrical abstract sculptures reference his native landscape and reflect the hieratic qualities of Mesopotamian sculpture. The works dance, while making reference to palm trees, gates, pomegranates and the moon. Halahmy sees these as universal symbols – the palm representing righteousness and growth and the pomegranate symbolizing love and fertility.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website