Tuesday, July 19, 2011

John Storrs: Machine-Age Modernist

John Storrs: Machine-Age Modernist at the Grey Art Gallery at NYU. "...John Storrs (1885–1956) was one of the most important modernist sculptors to emerge in the early 20th century. During the 1910s and ’20s, he divided his time between his native Chicago and Paris, where he found a community of likeminded artists committed to invention and to redefining traditional art forms. After studying with Auguste Rodin in 1913, Storrs reinvigorated the largely academic medium of sculpture with a radicalism then unknown in America. An avid admirer of Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright—whose architecture he had encountered as a young man in the Midwest—he adopted their columnar, 'building block' idioms into his own work. The spare, freestanding stone sculptures that Storrs created between 1917 and the early 1920s in both figural and abstract modes echo the burgeoning Art Deco movement."


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