New York

Elie Nadelman

Whitney Museum of American Art and Zabriskie Gallery

The Whitney has mounted a large exemplary retrospective exhibition of the sculpture and drawings of Elie Nadelman. It is the first comprehensive museum attention his work has received since the 1948 retrospective organized by Lincoln Kirstein for the Museum of Modern Art two years after Nadelman’s death. And that exhibition, like this one, also amounted to something of a rediscovery, since Nadelman neither sold nor exhibited work during the last 16 years of his life. Nadelman is frequently described as a charming, debonair man of impeccable taste and intelligence; he seems to have enjoyed artistic and social success wherever he went, and yet his career, both before and since his death, has been prone to disappearance and reemergence. In both his life and his art, suave, ironic stylishness is often the reverse side of dissatisfied restlessness.

Born in Poland in 1882, Nadelman was educated

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