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Untitled (Biomorphic Composition)

1916
20th c
18 1/2 in. x 11 1/8 in. (46.99 cm x 28.26 cm)

Abraham Walkowitz, Russian-American, (March 28, 1878–January 27, 1965)

Object Type: Drawing
Creation Place: North America, United States, New York
Medium and Support: graphite and litho crayon on paper
Credit Line: Gift of the artist in memory of Gertrude V. Whitney, 1959
Accession Number: 59-0.23

Commentary
In the biomorphic drawing "Untitled" a penciled line defines the border fo a vertical composition, within which heavy, dark lines in turn define overlapping, rounded forms. Inside the darkest outlined shapes, energetically zigzagging lines parallel the perimeter of the rounded shapes. These zigzagging lines are borrowed form the vocabulary Walkowitz had developed for describing the surging life of the city in his "New York of the Future" cityscapes. They enliven the forms, suggesting a vibrant, pulsating inner life. The focal point of the composition is a shaded spherical form enclosed within a bud envelope. That an embryonic form is indicated is suggested by the fact that Walkowitz placed several compositions similar to this in his publication "Art from Life to Life."

Exhibition
1982: "Abraham Walkowitz: Figuration and New York Cityscapes, 1895-1945," September 12 - October 31, 1982, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California

Object Description
In the biomorphic drawing "Untitled" a penciled line defines the border fo a vertical composition, within which heavy, dark lines in turn define overlapping, rounded forms. Inside the darkest outlined shapes, energetically zigzagging lines parallel the perimeter of the rounded shapes. These zigzagging lines are borrowed form the vocabulary Walkowitz had developed for describing the surging life of the city in his "New York of the Future" cityscapes. They enliven the forms, suggesting a vibrant, pulsating inner life. The focal point of the composition is a shaded spherical form enclosed within a bud envelope. That an embryonic form is indicated is suggested by the fact that Walkowitz placed several compositions similar to this in his publication "Art from Life to Life."

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Dimensions
  • Frame: 26 3/4 x 18 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches Dimensions: 18 1/2 x 11 1/8 in. (46.99 x 28.26 cm)

Provenance History
  • Owner Name: Abraham Walkowitz
    Role: artist / donor
    Place: New York, New York
    Dates: 1916, July 16, 1959

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