Alexander Archipenko (Ukrainian-American)
Born 1887 in Kiev, Ukraine – Died 1964 in New York, NY
Alexander Archipenko, like Picasso, employed the Cubist style in three dimensions. He exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants and Salon d'Automne, 1910 and 1911, the first public appearance of Cubism in Paris.
Departing from the neo-classical sculpture, Archipenko used faceted planes and negative space to create a new way of looking at the human figure. He portrayed a number of views of the subject simultaneously. He is known for introducing the sculptural void, an opening, gap, hole, or empty space often used in modern sculpture. He also created sculpto-paintings in which he introduced painted color to the intersecting planes of his sculpture, and experimented with materials such as clear acrylic and terra cotta.
Originally trained at the Kiev Art School, Ukraine, Alexander Archipenko moved to Moscow then to Paris, and in 1923 Archipenko emigrated to the United States. He participated in an exhibition of Russian Paintings and Sculpture. He became a US citizen in 1929 and exhibited at the Ukrainian pavilion in Chicago as part of the Century of Progress World's Fair in 1933.
A master of bronze, as well as mixed-media and woodcarving, Archipenko's best known masterpieces include the sculptures Walking Woman (1912, Denver Museum of Art), The Boxing Match (1914, Guggenheim Museum, New York) and Standing Nude (1921, Private Collection); and the Cubist painting Glass on a Table (1920, MOMA, New York). Archipenko was also an influential teacher at art schools in Paris, Berlin and America.
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