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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Josef Csaky at Hirshhorn

A fine example of Constructivism this stone sculpture by Josef Csaky. It was made in 1919, the title is Abstraction, with some kind of explanation (Standing Figure) which apparently adds to the confusion.

Is it Suprematist or Constructivist this sculpture? Good question. I say it's Constructivist and here are my reasons: Csaky starts here from geometrical volumes to suggest a figure while a Suprematist (or a De Stijl follower) would have been interested rather in suggesting what is beyond the geometrical abstraction.

(Hirshhorn Museum)

(Suprematism and Constructivism)


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