David Weinrib, Double Loops, 1965

David Weinrib (1924–2016)

David Weinrib, a sculptor and multimedia artist, has died. A close friend and former architecture professor, Richard Scherr, noted that Weinrib was actively making art until a week before his death.

In 1952, Weinrib was a resident potter at Black Mountain College; he became renowned in the 1960s for his hanging and mounted abstract sculptures, which were exhibited in a series of shows at the Howard Wise Gallery. Weinrib experimented with various forms of media including the cast resin sculptures he began making in the following decade. His more recent works consist of cut paper forms and three-dimensional acrylic collages, as well as assemblages that included photos of his own body. He taught students at Pratt Institute for thirty years and founded the school’s beloved sculpture garden in 1999, which displays about fifty works per year.

Weinrib’s work can be found in the collections of the Whitney Museum, the Walker Art Center, and LACMA. He was the recipient of Guggenheim, NEA, and Fulbright grants.

“David taught us that the creative act requires risk, constant change, and commitment; we will all miss his wisdom, friendship, and humanity,” Scherr said.