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Chaim Gross

Acrobats Through the Ring, 1964

Bronze
36 × 14 × 11 1/2 in
91.4 × 35.6 × 29.2 cm
This is part of a limited edition set.
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Chaim Gross
Austrian-American, 1904–1991
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Drawing from a lifelong fascination with tribal art, Chaim Gross sculpted stylized forms from wood, alabaster, plaster, and bronze. Gross shared Alexander Calder’s captivation with the movement and uncanny affect of circus performers, an interest evident in the trapeze artists, jugglers, and acrobats that proliferate his oeuvre. Demonstrating a profound grasp of material, including the exotic woods he favored, such as lignum vitae, sandalwood, sabicu, cocobolo, and ebony, Gross hewed forms that responded to the color, texture, and weight of their medium. In Baby Balancing on Feet (1950), a curvilinear column of rich glossy wood culminates in the form of a baby’s head; Gross exploits the expressive potential of his material, leaving knotted lumps of the wood intact and whittling them down to reveal a marbled grain.

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Chaim Gross
Austrian-American, 1904–1991
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Drawing from a lifelong fascination with tribal art, Chaim Gross sculpted stylized forms from wood, alabaster, plaster, and bronze. Gross shared Alexander Calder’s captivation with the movement and uncanny affect of circus performers, an interest evident in the trapeze artists, jugglers, and acrobats that proliferate his oeuvre. Demonstrating a profound grasp of material, including the exotic woods he favored, such as lignum vitae, sandalwood, sabicu, cocobolo, and ebony, Gross hewed forms that responded to the color, texture, and weight of their medium. In Baby Balancing on Feet (1950), a curvilinear column of rich glossy wood culminates in the form of a baby’s head; Gross exploits the expressive potential of his material, leaving knotted lumps of the wood intact and whittling them down to reveal a marbled grain.

Chaim Gross

Acrobats Through the Ring, 1964

Bronze
36 × 14 × 11 1/2 in
91.4 × 35.6 × 29.2 cm
This is part of a limited edition set.
Contact For Price
location
New York
Have a question? Read our FAQ.
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