Alina Szapocznikow

Art Works
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Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone
WEILS Contemporary Art Center, Brussels
October 9, 2011 - August 1, 2012

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Homme avec instrument [Man with Instrument]
1965
Cement, car part, black patina
58 1/4 x 15 3/4 x 13 13/16 inches

(148 x 40 x 35 cm)
ARG# SZA1965-009

 

Courtesy The Estate of Alina Szapocznikow / Piotr Stanislawski
© ADAGP, Paris

 

 

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Alina Szapocznikow
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
October 31 - December 5, 2015

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Malakoff studio

1965

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Femme de ménage (Cleaning Woman)
1965
Plastic cement, auto parts, polyester
Height: 57 inches

(144 cm)
ARG# SZA1965-005

 

Courtesy The Estate of Alina Szapocznikow / Piotr Stanislawski
© ADAGP, Paris

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L'illuminée [Illuminated Woman]
1966-67
Plaster, colored polyester resin, metal and electrical wiring
61 1/16 x 22 7/16 x 15 3/4 inches

(155 x 57 x 40 cm)
ARG# SZA1966-004

 

Courtesy The Estate of Alina Szapocznikow / Piotr Stanislawski
© ADAGP, Paris

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Alina Scapocznikow: Sculpture Undone
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
February 5 - April 20, 2012

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Alina Szapocznikow: Body Traces
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
February 7 - May 31, 2014

Photo by Elad Sarig
Courtesy Tel Aviv Museum of Art

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Caprice - Monstre, [Caprice - Monster]
1967
Polyurethane foam, colored polyester resin, metal, electrical wiring, bulb
78 7/8 x 35 7/16 x 17 3/4 inches (200 x 90 x 45 cm)
ARG# SZA1967-015

 

Courtesy The Estate of Alina Szapocznikow / Piotr Stanislawski
© ADAGP, Paris

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Lampe-Bouche
1966
Coloured polyester resin, electrical wiring and metal
14.17 x 4.33 x 3.15 inches
(36 x 11 x 8 cm)
ARG# SZA1966-005

Courtesy The Estate of Alina Szapocznikow / Piotr Stanislawski
© ADAGP, Paris

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Installation view:

Alina Szapocznikow: Body Traces
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
February 7 - May 31, 2014

Photo by Elad Sarig
Courtesy Tel Aviv Museum of Art

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Pollution II
1968
polyurethane foam, grass, metal
15 3/4 x 18 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches (40 x 47 x 7 cm)
ARG# SZA1968-004



Courtesy The Estate of Alina Szapocznikow / Piotr Stanislawski
© ADAGP, Paris

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Sous la Coupole (Under the Cupola)
1970
Polyurethane foam and nylon tights
14.17 x 28.74 x 39.37 inches (36 x 73 x 100 cm)
ARG# SZA1970-004

Courtesy The Estate of Alina Szapocznikow / Piotr Stanislawski
© ADAGP, Paris

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Counter Forms
Tetsumi Kudo, Alina Szapocznikow, Paul Thek, Hannah Wilke
Curated by Elena Filipovic
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
October 12 – November 16, 2013

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Untitled (derrière rouge)
c. 1970-1971
Colored polyester resin
3.94 x 14.57 x 8.46 inches (10 x 37 x 21.5 cm)
ARG# SZA1971-011

 

Courtesy The Estate of Alina Szapocznikow / Piotr Stanislawski
© ADAGP, Paris

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Installation View:

Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone
Weils, Brussels
October 9, 2011 - August 1, 2012

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Alina Scapocznikow: Sculpture Undone

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

February 5 - April 20, 2012

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"THEM"

Alina Szapocznikow, Alisa Baremboym, Aleksandra Domanović, Sarah Lucas, Katja Novitskova, Carolee Schneemann and Anicka Yi

June 13 - July 26, 2015

Schinkel Pavillion, Berlin

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tza (tear)

1971

Cast breast, coated polyester fabric (Polyester resin, gauze)

11.02 x 16.93 x 1.97 inches (28 x 43 x 5 cm)

ARG# SZA1971-002

 

Courtesy The Estate of Alina Szapocznikow / Piotr Stanislawski
© ADAGP, Paris

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Studium do rzeźby 5 (Study for a sculpture 5)
1963
Ink on paper
Framed: 22.76 x 17.01 x 1.18 inches

(57.8 x 43.2 x 3 cm)
ARG# SZA1963-003

 

Courtesy The Estate of Alina Szapocznikow / Piotr Stanislawski
© ADAGP, Paris

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Bez Tytułu (Sans titre)
1963
Ink on paper
Framed: 20.47 x 16.54 x 1.18 inches

(52 x 42 x 3 cm)
ARG# SZA1963-002

 

Courtesy The Estate of Alina Szapocznikow / Piotr Stanislawski
© ADAGP, Paris

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Installation view:

Alina Szapocznikow: Body Traces
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
February 7 - May 31, 2014

Photo by Elad Sarig
Courtesy Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Biography

Widely regarded as one the most influential and significant artists in post-war Poland and Paris, Alina Szapocznikow (1926-1973) has helped to deconstruct and re-imagine traditional sculpture, solidifying her pioneering vision of the human body, and her distinctively radical hybrids of the organic and inorganic. At once seductive and unsettling, Szapocznikow's intimate works take the form of drawings, photographs, and sculptures often made from direct impressions and casts of body parts, each an attempt to fix the traces of the body and record the fleeting moments and absurd paradoxes of life. Incorporating  a completely new set of materials––from tinted polyester resin and polyeurethane foam to everyday materials such as pantyhose, newspaper clippings, and grass––her works embrace both material rigor as well as her own deeply personal psychology. As a vessel for memory and formal innovation, Szapocznikow’s work links the intensely personal to our greater humanity.

Alina Szapocznikow was born in 1926 in Kalisz, Poland, and died in 1973 at the age of 47. After surviving the Second World War in concentration camps with her mother, in 1947, she moved to Prague where she studied sculpture in the studio of Otto Wagner, among others, and later studied at the Ecole de Beaux Arts, Paris in 1949. After returning to Poland in 1951, Szapocznikow represented Poland in the 1962 Venice Biennale, thereafter moving back to Paris, fully formed, at a historically vital time, when artists from Marcel Duchamp to Yves Klein were simultaneously developing pivotal territories propelled out of Formalism. Following her death, several exhibitions of her work were held in Warsaw and Paris, however in recent years, Szapocznikow has been recognized by numerous major international exhibitions, including the first comprehensive retrospective that traveled to the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels; and the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus (2011-2012); as well as a major survey at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2012).


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