New York

Elie Nadelman

Zabriskie Gallery

Elie Nadelman lived in America exactly half of his sixty-four years. He came here in 1914, five years after the first exhibition of his sculpture in Paris. He had three shows in New York and never exhibited again from 1925 until his death in 1946. Nadelman’s work is perplexing because of the range and visibility of his sources; as an artist he is saturated with the history of sculpture, and his first, continuing commitment is to that of Classical Greece. Pieces in this exhibition suggest, besides Greek, Renaissance and Mannerist art, Victorian china, American folk art and dolls. Nadelman’s eclecticism is not limited to any period or any level, although the more contemporary and “lower” his sources become, the more interesting and innovative he seems. A number of heads and figures referring to the earlier periods mentioned above are the least original, the stiffest and most pretentious,

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