New York

Peter Agostini

Zabriskie Gallery

David Hare’s symbol of time is the cycle of the life of Cronus. Peter Agostini’s symbol of time is the aging of the individual human. He is, himself, in his early ’60s, far from aged but old enough to look ahead. He anticipates his aging (and our own) by modeling and casting a series of heads and one standing figure, all of which represent very old men.

We remember Agostini for his abstract sculpture, in which flexible shapes, often altered and distorted inner tubes, were given immobility and presence when cast in white plaster. The new work risks sentimentality. It deals with that process by which the attrition of age acts on the human face to create battered and sagging caricatures of the ideal symmetry of youth. This process is translated through the immediate actions of the sculptor’s hand. All of the heads were made quickly, some in less than an hour. The action of modeling, which

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