Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection

Howard Newman
born Elizabeth, NJ 1943

Half Woman, Quarter Bird
bronze/cast, assembled and screwed
24 1/8 x 13 x 20 1/4 in.
Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation
© 1975, Howard Newman
provenance: Cordier & Ekstrom, Inc., 1975

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.

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