In the evolution of modern sculpture few artists were as pivotal as Constantin Brancusi, who pioneered a shift from the traditional modeling of figures to the creation of objects that are “things in themselves.” This volume of the MoMA Artist Series features ten sculptures by Brancusi from The Museum of Modern Art’s collection of his work, opening with Maiastra (1910–12), the first appearance of Brancusi’s bird motif, and concluding with Bird in Space (c. 1941), one of the last. With other examples of the artist’s recurring subjects—fish, columns, ovoid heads, crowing roosters—they illustrate his enduring engagement with form, material, and representation.
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African Amedeo Modigliani Art Institute artist Auguste Rodin barely inflected Bird in Space bird’s Bliss Bequest Blond Negress Brancusi brought Brancusi gave Brancusi scholar Brancusi showed Brancusi’s friend Brancusi’s studio bronze version Carter H Centre Georges Pompidou Cock Constantin Brancusi Double Caryatid Eileen Lane Endless Column Erik Satie exhibition facial features Fish Gallery gleaming Golden Bird Head ofa Child high Musée high The Museum infant’s inflection of surface Institute of Chicago limestone cylinders Maiastra Margit Pogany Mlle Pogany Modern Art motif mouth Musée Guimet Musée National d’Art Museum of Art Museum of Modern Nancy Cunard National d’Art Moderne native Romania Negress II 1933 Newborn oak sections open beak ovoid Paris Philadelphia Museum philosopher’s head Photo photographs piece Pogany’s Portrait of Nancy Romanian sculp sculpture sculpture’s Self-portrait serrated Sidney Geist Socrates stone pedestal vertical white marble White Negress William A. M. Burden work’s York Acquired York Gift Young Bird 1928