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Construction #45

Accession Number
1983/1.401

Title
Construction #45

Artist(s)
José de Rivera

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
circa 1957

Medium & Support
stainless steel on wood base

Dimensions
10 1/8 in x 11 7/8 in x 8 1/4 in (25.72 cm x 30.16 cm x 20.96 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of the Estate of Maxine W. Kunstadter in memory of Sigmund Kunstadter, Class of 1922

Subject matter
Prior to his artistic career, José de Rivera was a machinist, blacksmith, and a tool and die maker, thus making an easy transition to sculpture in metal. De Rivera's sculptures from 1954 and onwards are characterized by polished metal and curvilinear forms such as this. José de Rivera began making sculptures in 1930, and was know for his abstract metallic sculptures. From 1937-1938 de Rivera worked for the Federal Art Project of the Works Project Administration in New York. De Rivera's artistic influences included Mondrian, Brancusi, and Vantongerloo.

Physical Description
This is an abstract metallic sculpture with a black square base. The silver metal of the sculpture is little thicker than wire and forms two into intersecting circular shapes.

Primary Object Classification
Sculpture

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
Abstract (fine arts style)
abstraction
curvilinear (shape)
modern and contemporary art
nonrepresentational art
sculpture (visual works)
stainless steel

1 Related Resource

Cabinet X: Shelf 3
(Part of: Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery)

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