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Description: George Sugarman
(American, 1912-1999)
Untitled, 1958
collage on canvas mounted on board
Provenance: From a private collection, Indianapolis, IN. Previously: Robert Miller Gallery, New York.

Biography from the archives of AskArt: Sculptor/painter George Sugarman's (1912-1999) early sculpture was abstract, in a Cubist mode. Wood was carved asymmetrically, suspended and extended horizontally, to express space. Later, the wood was painted in bright colors, in chaotic sequences, which were like three-dimensional equivalents of Abstract Expressionist paintings.

The subsequent use of acrylics on metal in a full range of color "forms a bridge between painting and sculpture" and helps to "articulate the formal problems set in each sculpture." With a disregard for industrially available materials, he preferred to render complicated forms from the imagination in order to obtain a desired "particularity of statement."

Sugarman was educated at City College of New York and Atelier Zadkine in Paris. He received a National Arts Council Award and Longview Foundation Grants. Among many exhibitions were the Whitney Museum of American Art Annual and the Los Angeles County Museum. His work is found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, and the Art Institute of Chicago, among many others.


Les Krantz, "American Artists, Illustrated Survey of Leading Contemporary Artists"

Art in America
41 1/2"H x 9"W

  • Dimensions: 41 1/2"H x 9"W
  • Artist Name: George Sugarman
  • Medium: collage on canvas mounted on board

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Indianapolis, IN, US

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