New York Avenue Sculpture Project
A powerful source of inspiration for Magdalena Abakanowicz (b. 1930) is her experience of World War II and repressive postwar regimes in Poland, where she lives and works. Her sculptures extend from her biography but also explore the broader human condition. The textured surfaces of Abakanowicz's steel and bronze outdoor sculptures (cast from burlap, wood, or plaster) demonstrate her preference for earthy, expressive materials.
Abakanowicz typically develops a motif among numerous sculptures that are grouped together. Although objects appear similar, individual sculptures feature unique proportions and surface textures. This installation of the Sculpture Project presents a selection of Abakanowicz's abstracted human figures and birds that seem to stand, walk, and fly along New York Avenue, their journeys echoed by drivers and pedestrians moving down the street.