Alexander Archipenko

Courtesy Alexander Archipenko papers, 1904-1986. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Alexander Archipenko
Also Known as
Aleksandr Porfirevic Archipenko
Kiev, Russia 1887
New York, New York 1964
Active in
  • Woodstock, New York
U.S. States
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Artist Biography

Alexander Archipenko was a sculptor who was born in the Ukraine. After working in Paris, Archipenko moved to the U.S. and became a citizen in 1928. An important influence on sculpture in this country and abroad, Archipenko experimented with simplified forms, spaces enclosed within the sculpture, concave shapes as counterpoints to convex and concave planes, and polychromy. He taught at several universities and had his own sculpture schools in Chicago and New York.

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