New York

Liuba

Achim Moeller Fine Art

This retrospective, covering the years from 1963 to 1989, provided a long overdue look at the work of a leading international sculptor. Liuba was born in Bulgaria and studied with Germaine Richier in Switzerland in the mid ’40s. Since the late ’50s, she has lived in Paris and São Paulo. Judging by the sculptures and drawings that were displayed here, she is an artist who exhibits a peerless understanding of the expressive dynamics of form. There is something magical about her ability to imbue form with vital meaning. Much the same can be said of her talent for using abstraction as a means to capture life’s essential qualities.

In L’Envol (The flight) and Spiked Animal, both 1963, the quickening sensation of movement is evoked by the swelling protruberances making up the bodies or torsos of these figures, and by the powerful modeling of their turning and twisting structures. Movement as

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