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Firebird

1983 Isaac Witkin Born: Johannesburg, South Africa 1936 Died: Pemberton, New Jersey 2006 bronze 53 3/8 x 55 3/8 x 6 5/8 in. (135.6 x 140.7 x 16.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herk Van Tongeren 1985.95 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, W310


Luce Center Quote

"The rigorous discipline of constructivism has allowed me to come back to certain things in what I think are fresh ways, but I wanted something I couldn't do with steel." The artist, quoted in Karen Wilkin, Isaac Witkin, 1998

Luce Center Label

Isaac Witkin experimented with several different metals throughout the 1960s and 1970s before he chose to work exclusively with bronze. To create his bronze sculptures, Witkin poured the molten metal directly into structured sand molds, producing works with organic forms and textured surfaces. Firebird is an example of Witkin's ability to fuse texture, shape, balance, and abstracted designs in a sculpture that appears wonderfully free-form.

Keywords

Abstract

sculpture

metal - bronze

About Isaac Witkin

Born: Johannesburg, South Africa 1936 Died: Pemberton, New Jersey 2006

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