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Cage Magdalena Abakanowicz

Artist

Magdalena Abakanowicz Falenty, 1930 – Warsaw, 2017

Date 1986
Object type sculpture
Medium, technique synthetic resin on burlap, wood
Dimensions

180 x 140 x 185 cm

Inventory number 88.3.U
Collection Department of Art after 1800
On view This artwork is not on display

This artist, resident in Poland, revolutionised textile art in the 1960s with her monumental three-dimensional draperies called Abakans. Since the early 1970s she has produced sculptures out of burlap and gauze. One of her best-known series is Backs, arranged independently or in a group. Earlier, she seated her figures directly on the ground; later, she placed them on a stretcher-like low wooden stand. This Cage was produced in 1986; a version created five years earlier is in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Her torsos, produced from plaster casts and made of burlap reinforced with synthetic resin, give a precise diagnosis of the general physical and spiritual condition of humankind.

Ferenc Tóth

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