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Daniel Rothbart

Lee Arthur Studio

Sculptor Daniel Rothbart is the author of a short book in which he traces the influence of Jewish metaphysics on the work of (among others) Barnett Newman, Morris Louis, Mark Rothko, and Sol LeWitt. This gives an indication of the seriousness of his concerns and the originality of his outlook. His work is untimely in the best sense, infused with nostalgia for an age (part historical, part mythical) when utilitarian objects were not just finely made but had a sacred aura.

Rothbart’s first New York show consisted of 14 gold-patinated bronze sculptures that resembled seed pods, shells, chalices, and mushrooms. Buds on long stems rose from spheres carried on slightly twisted supports, like root systems. There was a funnel emerging from a dome, a bowl supported on a tripod and containing a ring, and a writhing set of bagpipes that could also be interpreted as a plant form. And there was a long

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