Magdalena Abakanowicz: Reality of Dreams

Alsdorf Gallery

Magdalena Abakanowicz Magdalena Abakanowicz, Flock (12 Standing Figures) From the Ragazzi, 1990, burlap and resin. © Magdalena Abakanowicz, courtesy Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY.

Magdalena Abakanowicz is one of the most potent voices in the art world today. Her original creations, based primarily on human and animal forms, express a spiritual and philosophical quest. Growing up in Poland during World War II and Communist rule, Abakanowicz overcame traumatic events, personal challenges, and political oppression through dogged resourcefulness. Her art is informed by these experiences, and the theme of individuality within an anonymous multitude is repeated in her sculpture and drawings, expressing both vitality and mortality at the same time. This exhibition included the sculpture installation Flock and selected drawings made over some twenty-five years. 

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Magdalena Abakanowicz: Reality of Dreams was organized by the Block Museum of Art with the cooperation of Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York. Support for the exhibition is provided by the Alsdorf Endowment; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; and Myers Foundations.