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Half Woman, Quarter Bird

1974-1975 Howard Newman Born: Elizabeth, New Jersey 1943 bronze/cast, assembled and screwed 24 1/8 x 13 x 20 1/4 in. (61.3 x 33.0 x 51.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation © 1975, Howard Newman 1986.6.68 Not currently on view

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Howard Newman casts elements from machines and assembles them into interlocking geometric shapes that resemble human figures. Influenced by the cubists and Italian futurists of the early twentieth century, Newman transforms their celebration of speed and mechanization into reflective statements about modern life. The mechanomorphic figure of Half Woman, Quarter Bird fuses images from nature and industry, offering a cautionary note that speaks to the potential for technological entrapment.

Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014

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Howard Newman often assembled his sculptures from cast machine parts. Half Woman, Quarter Bird was built up from tubes and mechanical parts to create an ominous figure with the head of a woman and the shoulders of a bird. The piece fuses together nature and technology to conjure up a gruesome creature and sinister weapon at the same time.


Dress - accessory - hat



metal - bronze

About Howard Newman

Born: Elizabeth, New Jersey 1943

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