Abakanowicz, Magdalena

SCULPTOR (POLAND)
BORN 20 Jun 1930, Falenty

Magdalena Abakanowicz descends of Polish nobility and studied at the School of Fine Arts in Sopot, Poland (1949).
In 1956 she started het work as an independent artist and in the sixties she became famous thanks to her large - often woven - structures, named 'abakans' after her. Quantity is an important concept in her work: her sculptures show large groups of people or animals. She creates them in bronze, wood, steel and ceramic.
Abakanowicz retired as Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poland.

Works: "Heads" (1975); "Backs" (1976-1980); "Embryology" (1980); "Catharsis" (1986); "Ninety Five Figures from the Crowd of One Thousend and Ninety Five Figures" (2000).

Sources
Den Haag Sculptuur 98, Connaissance des Arts, Paris, 1998
The World's Women On-Line!

Images

'Figura Prima'.
(1995)
Picture by Pat/Androom (Jun 1998)

 


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Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 9 Oct 2005