by Fred Stern
Magdalena Abakanowicz, "Confessions, Sculpture and Drawings," Oct. 15-Nov. 19, 2005, at Marlborough New York, 40 West 57th Street, New York, N.Y. 10019
The Polish sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz has long pursued her own brutal vision of life in the modern world, where human and animal life is seen as hard, dark and subject to primitive powers. She is perhaps best known for sculptural installations that consist of throngs of rough-hewn, headless figuratives, an electrifying 20th-century expression of both political tyranny and existential angst. Now, she has installed an exhibition of her new work at Marlborough in New York City.