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Ernest Tino Trova (American, 1927–2009)
LOT ID: 66844
Double Flapman, 1983

Steel, Stainless
14 х 6 х 4 in. (35.56 x 15.24 x 10.16 cm.)
Signed, "E. Trova", on the far right of base, with stamp and edition number.
Print/Casting Year 1983
Edition Ed. 6/8
Lot description
This stainless steel sculpture entitled 'Double Flapman' by Ernest Tino Trova exemplifies a further variation of his "Falling Man" series. Working as a hypothetical approach to the nature of man, Trova speaks to perspectives of technological angst coupled with imperfections found in humanity. This pair of figures open to reveal various compartments and explore man as a deconstructed form.

Known for his abstract figurations, Ernest Tino Trova was born on February 19, 1927 in Clayton, Missouri. He was a self-trained American Surrealist and Pop Art painter as well as a sculptor. Trova’s early works maintained a distinctly abstract expressionist flair, but he soon progressed to his famous ‘Falling Man’ series , which was explored in a variety of mediums, styles, poses, and forms. His 1963 solo show at the inaugural exhibition of the Pace Gallery entitled “Falling Man Paintings”, sold out to such institutions as the Whitney Museum of American Art and the MOMA.

Select Public Collections:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC)
Indianapolis Museum of Art (Indianapolis, MN)
Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH)
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