New York, March 18, 2011 - Mitchell-Innes & Nash is
pleased to present Arp/Brancusi, an exhibition of
sculpture and painted relief works on view at 1018
Madison Avenue, New York, March 29 – May 6, 2011.
The exhibition will include a focused selection of
works by Arp along with two small sculptures by
Brancusi, offering a rare opportunity to view these two
20th Century masters side by side. Sculptures in
wood, bronze and marble spanning a 50-year period
will be exhibited. The Arp Stiftung, Germany, and
museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New
York and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture
Garden, Washington, DC, along with several private
collectors, have lent their work. The exhibition will be
accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with a
scholarly essay by Dr. John Tancock.
Because of their use of abstracted, somewhat
amorphous forms relating to the natural world, Arp
and Brancusi are often linked. Only a decade apart in
age, but a generation apart in their development as
artists, Arp and Brancusi are thought to have crossed
paths once in Paris. Arp would later cite Brancusi as
an influence, even composing a poem in his honor.
However, as noted in the catalogue essay, the two artists had radically different approaches to
their work. Brancusi sought absolute perfection in his sculpture and revisited the same forms
throughout his career while Arp valued spontaneity and his sculptures demonstrate a lively and
diverse visual vocabulary.
Constantin Brancusi was born in Romania in 1876. He received traditional sculptural training in
Romania and apprenticed briefly in Rodin’s Paris studio before rejecting the representational
tradition in favor of investigations into balance and reductive form. He is considered a pioneer of
abstraction, and his sculptures are known for their extreme polish and sensitivity to materials.
Brancusi died in 1957.
Jean Arp was born in Strasbourg in 1886. As a sculptor, painter and poet he was active in several
diverse art groups including Der Blaue Reiter, with Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc, and the
Cabaret Voltaire, where he was a founder of the Dada movement. He was later affiliated with the
Surrealists in Paris. He died in 1966.