Magdalena Abakanowicz

De-Cordova And Dana Museum

Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the traveling Magdalena Abakanowicz retrospective afforded the North American audience an overdue opportunity to view the mature work of this major international sculptor. The exhibit spanned the ’70s and early ’80s, when the artist developed an innovative exploration in fibrous media of the traditional concerns of sculpture—the expressive potential of the body. Although Abakanowicz recalls such artists as Eva Hesse, Robert Morris, and George Segal, the isolation and turbulence of her esthetic growth separates her from her more familiar contemporaries. For these reasons, her art has a singularity. Fundamental and enveloping, it is laden with the suffering of history suffused with an intensely emotional fertility.

Abakanowicz’s work is entwined with both her solitary youth and the sorrows of her country. She was born in 1930 in Falenty,

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