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John Storrs, Stone Panel with Black Marble Inlay, 1920–21, cast stone and black marble on wooden base, 60 1/2 x 15 1/4 x 1 3/4".

John Storrs

Grey Art Gallery

John Storrs, Stone Panel with Black Marble Inlay, 1920–21, cast stone and black marble on wooden base, 60 1/2 x 15 1/4 x 1 3/4".

In 1913, John Storrs studied with Rodin in Paris—and the human form would always influence his work. But over the next decade or so, his figures became less and less natural-looking and more and more abstract. Finally, in the early 1920s, Storrs began producing vertical constructions explicitly modeled on the early American skyscraper. One of these, Architectural Form No. 3, ca. 1923, seems like a model for a skyscraper—it’s a vertical, rectangular column, reaching upward, a euphoric celebration of those soaring industrial constructions, and very timely in an upwardly mobile America. But even as it soars, it is planted firmly in the earth. So, too, are other works from that decade, such as Study in Form (Forms in Space), 1924, Design for Fabrication of Abstract Metal Sculpture, ca. 1924–25, and Study in Architectural Forms, 1927. Curated by Debra Bricker Balken, “John

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