Firebird

  • Isaac Witkin, Firebird, 1983, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herk Van Tongeren, 1985.95

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.

Luce Object 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
Title
Firebird
Artist
Date
1983
On View
Dimensions
53 3/8 x 55 3/8 x 6 5/8 in. (135.6 x 140.7 x 16.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herk Van Tongeren

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1985.95
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

More from artist

1980
cut, bent, welded and painted steel
watercolor, acrylic and pencil

More Artworks from the Collection

1986
glazed ceramic
modeled 1941, cast 2001
bronze
before 1982
wire, plastic, foil and metal on a black painted copper base