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Marisol

Portrait of Martha Graham, 1977

Oil and pencil on wood and plaster
53 × 125 1/2 × 160 1/2 in
134.6 × 318.8 × 407.7 cm
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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas Photo courtesy Sotheby's © Marisol / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Marisol
Venezuelan, 1930–2016
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Best known for her elegant, eclectic, and poignant yet edgy figurative sculptures, Marisol (born Maria Sol Escobar) makes art across styles and media. Her output encompasses woodcarving and sculptural assemblages, cast metal pieces, ceramics, and works on paper. Marisol, who is influenced by artists such as Willem de Kooning and Andy Warhol, is often grouped with pop art artists, but her work does not lend itself to neat categorization. Strains of pre-Columbian folk art and religious symbolism infuse her pieces, and her figurative assemblages feature portraits of other artists, political leaders, and movie stars. Marisol also makes recreations of iconic news images and tableaux of families, sometimes her own, crafting sculptural scenes from carved stone, neon, Astroturf, and plywood.

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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas Photo courtesy Sotheby's © Marisol / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Marisol
Venezuelan, 1930–2016
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Best known for her elegant, eclectic, and poignant yet edgy figurative sculptures, Marisol (born Maria Sol Escobar) makes art across styles and media. Her output encompasses woodcarving and sculptural assemblages, cast metal pieces, ceramics, and works on paper. Marisol, who is influenced by artists such as Willem de Kooning and Andy Warhol, is often grouped with pop art artists, but her work does not lend itself to neat categorization. Strains of pre-Columbian folk art and religious symbolism infuse her pieces, and her figurative assemblages feature portraits of other artists, political leaders, and movie stars. Marisol also makes recreations of iconic news images and tableaux of families, sometimes her own, crafting sculptural scenes from carved stone, neon, Astroturf, and plywood.

Marisol

Portrait of Martha Graham, 1977

Oil and pencil on wood and plaster
53 × 125 1/2 × 160 1/2 in
134.6 × 318.8 × 407.7 cm
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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