New York

John Storrs

Schoelkopf Gallery

John Storrs is a little-known genial practitioner of a style exclusively thought to be decorative in its nature. Chicagoans of a certain period were taught that the immense pinnacle figure of their Board of Trade Building was either the “first aluminum sculpture” or the “biggest aluminum sculpture” in the world. So much for provincial modern American art history. Storrs, long expatriated, had been pressed back to the heartlands to regularize the income of his father’s extensive holdings. We first find him in 1912 through 1914 in the studio of Rodin although, unlike other American students of Rodin at the same period, no connection between Storrs and Synchromism has yet been drawn. His most interesting style reformulates the decorative Cubist vernacular essential to Art Déco. Geometric, repetitive, sequential, ornamental, polychromed, inlaid, the taste of Storrs may be said to correspond

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