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Magdalena Abakanowicz

Polish, 1930–2017

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Magdalena Abakanowicz

Polish, 1930–2017

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For more than half a century, Magdalena Abakanowicz has been producing critically acclaimed, poetic sculptures about the fraught and fragile condition of being human, shaped by her experiences growing up during WWII and the Soviet domination of Poland. “What is sculpture?” she asks. “With impressive continuity it testifies to man's evolving sense of reality, and fulfills the necessity to express what cannot be verbalized.” Through sculpture, Abakanowicz expresses what she sees as the ineffable, dichotomous relationship between the individual and society. The human figure, overt or implied, is central to her work, from her early fiber-based sculptures of ropes and organic forms to her later, expressionistic human and animal figures and trees. Often displayed in groups, with surfaces resembling bark or wrinkled skin, Abakanowicz’s figures seem vulnerable and weathered, as if bearing the marks of life.

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Represented by industry leading galleries.
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Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Biography

For more than half a century, Magdalena Abakanowicz has been producing critically acclaimed, poetic sculptures about the fraught and fragile condition of being human, shaped by her experiences growing up during WWII and the Soviet domination of Poland. “What is sculpture?” she asks. “With impressive continuity it testifies to man's evolving sense of reality, and fulfills the necessity to express what cannot be verbalized.” Through sculpture, Abakanowicz expresses what she sees as the ineffable, dichotomous relationship between the individual and society. The human figure, overt or implied, is central to her work, from her early fiber-based sculptures of ropes and organic forms to her later, expressionistic human and animal figures and trees. Often displayed in groups, with surfaces resembling bark or wrinkled skin, Abakanowicz’s figures seem vulnerable and weathered, as if bearing the marks of life.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Articles Featuring Magdalena Abakanowicz
How a Revolution in “Ugly” Design Is Upending Conventions of Beauty
Sep 6th, 2017
How a Revolution in “Ugly” Design Is Upending Conventions of Beauty
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