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Happy Landing

ca. 1930 Aaron J. Goodelman Born: Ataki, Russia 1890 Died: New York, New York 1978 Tennessee marble 18 3/8 x 10 1/4 x 10 in. (46.6 x 26.0 x 25.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Sarah Goodelman 1981.44.4 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 48A

Luce Center Label

Aaron Goodelman’s dramatic sculptures express the power and energy used in their creation. Of his own process, the artist once said that he “roughed out, hewed, carved with mallet and chisel.” Goodelman used resistant material like granite to create robust figures that resemble primitive sculptures. The tension in this figure and the traces of the artist’s efforts suggest a sly humor in the title.


Figure male - full length


stone - granite