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Seedling

1953 Leo Amino Born: Taiwan, 1911 Died: New York, New York 1989 wood: sabicu and ebony 19 1/4 x 10 1/2 x 6 7/8 in. (48.9 x 26.7 x 17.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel Wright 1986.88.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 49B


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Leo Amino visited London on a business trip in 1938. While there, he saw an exhibition of Henry Moore sculptures and was inspired by the English artist’s use of organic, abstract shapes. Amino began to work more with rounded forms and would often incorporate hollows, holes, or thin wire structures in his pieces to emphasize the importance of empty space. Jungle Palm is a mobile whose delicate wire shapes and small pieces of wood were intended to move and spin when touched by a faint breeze. In Seedling the artist carved richly colored ebony and sabicu woods to resemble simplified plant forms. The larger piece of wood curving around the tiny “seedpod” evokes the classic image of a mother and child.

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Abstract

sculpture

wood - ebony

wood - sabicu

About Leo Amino

Born: Taiwan, 1911 Died: New York, New York 1989

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