Leah Pires

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Newborn was made multiple times. The Romanian-born French modernist sculptor Constantin Brancusi made the first iconic version, Le Nouveau Né, early in the early twentieth century. He carved the eggshaped form from marble in 1915, then made another version in bronze in 1920. The title’s allusion to originality— a key tenet of avant-garde art at the time—also embraced the peculiarities of artistic creation by comparing it to birth; the ovoid sculpture abstractly resembles a crying baby through an indentation on its surface. By shaping an evocative object out of physical material, Brancusi brought a thing into existence. His paternity was ...
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PublisherInduction Burners2017
Peter Fend in conversation with Leah Pires. This item is publicly available as part of the Library Stack Public Branch at NN Contemporary Art.

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