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Elie Nadelman

Zabriskie Gallery

Elie Nadelman was probably the most influential but most controversial sculptor in the school of Paris which dominated Modernist developments before World War I. A contemporary of Picasso, he shared with progressive artists of that generation the desire to create a truly renovated art expression that would be in tune with the emerging sensibility. As early as 1910 he had evolved an abstract approach to the figure; though not one to play the art-politics games that can help greatly to spread and secure fame, Nadelman was highly respected for the maturity of his vision, but the sophisticated, finished look of his work opened him up to charges of latent conservatism. Still, throughout a career that took him from the Paris of 1914 to New York, where he lived and worked until his death in 1946, Nadelman produced the most demanding sort of avant-garde art.

This show contained about 70 sculptures,

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