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Sculptor and The City

A new book and gallery exhibit celebrate artist Constantin Brancusi’s long-time love affair with New York

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It’s been one hundred years since Parisian-based artist Constantin Brancusi unveiled his modern sculptures at the famous 1913 Armory Show in New York and still, his influence in the city and on American soil is still resonating within the art world. In celebration of this centennial, Paul Kasmin Gallery is presenting Brancusi in New York 1913 – 2013, an exhibition of five Brancusi sculptures: The Newborn, Fish, Sleeping Muse II, Head and Mademoiselle Pogany II. Along with the exhibit, which will remain on view through January 2014, Assouline’s published a book by Jérôme Neutres chronicling the artist’s influence in Manhattan, as well as the city’s influence on the artist himself.

Brancusi once said, “Manhattan is my large-scale studio because nothing is static. Nothing is fixed. All these buildings, all these forms are interchangeable and can move as experience evolves and changes.” Through his smooth edges and abstract forms, the artist mimicked the modernist design that sprung up in the 1900s in a rapidly advancing city. The show at the Armory and his five sculptures shown there captured the attention of American collectors, enthusiasts and Brancusi peers and pushed modern art onto the scene. For an urban landscape so full progressive, pioneering artists today, it’s exciting to see one of the originals make his way back home.

“Brancusi in New York 1913 – 2013” is on view until January 11, 2014. Click here for more info, and view the gallery above to see more from the exhibition.

 

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