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David Rabinowitch

In the mid ’60s, David Rabinowitch planned a large series of sculptures, each to be fabricated in a different wood. Though the shapes of the proposed objects are relatively simple, the difficulty of constructing them using seamlessly joined, individually planed sections of wood is so formidable that to date few have been realized.

One of the finest single-work New York exhibitions in memory, Open Wood Construction (Poplar), 1966, was fabricated only last fall by Tadashi Hashimoto assisted by Satoru Igarashi in the gallery where it remained on view for four months. The beauty of the object lies not only in its structural and material details, but in the complexity of effect that arises from its apparent simplicity. Big, available, and systematic as the piece is, its shape is not easily learned. It consists of a hollow shaft that stands ten feet tall at its high end and spreads to a width of

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