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“German Expressionist Sculpture”

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

With over 120 sculptures by 33 artists, “German Expressionist Sculpture” is something of a blockbuster. Curator Stephanie Barron has resurrected works that many never knew existed or had thought destroyed: sculptures by artists who defined Expressionism in painting, like Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Egon Schiele, and Max Beckmann; by the few recognized sculptors of the period, Ernst Barlach and Wilhelm Lehmbruck; and by many relatively unknown ones such as Paul Rudolf Henning, Bernhard Hoetger, and Christoph Voll. Together the works suggest that sculpture, with its resistant physicality and the metaphors embedded in its materials and iconic origins, was as important to German Expressionism as its painting. They also pose an alternative (solid, figurative, grounded in 19th-century Symbolism and the image of the natural) to that 20th-century sculpture founded on assemblage, abstraction, and the

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