Rarely to market, this 1980's painted steel sculpture multiple was created by American artist George Sugarman to support the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. Sugarman was known for his innovative, pedestal-free, and painted wood and metal sculptures. In recent years, his work has begun to be rediscovered. Wrote critic John Yao in a 2013 review of an exhibition of painted sculptures at the Gary Snyder Gallery: "I am tired of critics characterizing George Sugarman — whose work was either overlooked or marginalized during his lifetime — as an idiosyncratic sculptor. By labeling him in this way, they are able to suggest that the neglect was partially his own doing, and to imply that he wasn’t interested in formal issues thought to be integral to sculpture, and which had been explored by his innovative forebears: Constantin Brancusi, Julio Gonzalez, Alberto Giacometti and David Smith. If those are the measures of idiosyncrasy, then he clearly wasn't that at all. In fact, the opposite seems more true to me — he was at the center of things, but hardly anyone dared to notice." He has exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art Annual and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Irving Sandler wrote the catalogue for a well received 2016 exhibition of Sandler's painted sculptures at Loretta Howard.
George Sugarman (1912-1999)was an American artist known for his innovative pedestal-free and painted wood and metal sculptures.
He has exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art Annual and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. A recent retrospective exhibition of Sugarman’s work was held in 2002 in New York City at Gary Tatintsian Gallery. Entitled, “Yellow to White to Blue to Black” the show displayed selected drawings, collages, and sculptures. In 1993 he was given an exhibition at the Contemporary Sculpture Center, Tokyo, Japan. Sugarman has exhibited in numerous shows throughout the world, including Galerie Christiane Chassay, Montreal, Quebec; the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Ohio; Galleria Peccolo, Livorno, Italy; Galerie Ziegler, Zurich, Switzerland.
Series: ICA Commissioned Multiples
Signature: Stamped with artist's incised initials and edition number on the base; published by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
Manufacturer: Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
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