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Alexander Archipenko, Turning Torso (1921/1959)


Walker Art Center



Institution Walker Art Center
"Art is for everyone, but everyone is not for art."-- Alexander Archipenko

Born in the Ukraine, Alexander Archipenko came to New York at the age of 36 and five years later became a citizen of the United States. His work was first introduced to American audiences in the momentous Armory Show of 1913. A strong interest in primitive and archaic art molded Archipenko's views on sculpture. He was one of the first sculptors to analyze the human body in terms of its abstract rhythmic alternation of convex and concave volumes. Although Archipenko rejected the Cubist label, as early as 1910 he made sculptures using sequences of geometric volumes.

Turning Torso is presented in this installation of The Andersen Window Gallery with Edward Hopper's Office at Night to illustrate the ways in which forms recur throughout the history of art. This comparison sheds light on the Hopper figure as one with art historical roots in the tradition of "contrapposto," a term used to describe figures depicted with their hips, shoulders, and heads on different planes.

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Source: Label text for Alexander Archipenko, Turning Torso (1921/1959), from the exhibition The Andersen Window Gallery, Edward Hopper's Office at Night: Women at Work, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, December 8, 1996 to April 20, 1997.
Rights: Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center
Added to Site: March 1, 2009