Called the patriarch of modern sculpture, Romanian-born Constantin Brancusi created works that are as aesthetically breathtaking today as they were during his lifetime. Born to a family of poor peasants, he showed talent for carving objects out of wood at an early age, as if fate had charted a path for him. It ultimately led him to Paris, where he died in 1957. An ascetic, who always dressed in simple peasant clothes, he surrounded himself with the artistic and intellectual elite of the day, people like Amadeo Modigliani, Marcel Duchamp, Guillame Apollinaire, Pablo Picasso, Ezra Pound... His work became immensely popular in the United States, and he is often quoted as saying: "Without the Americans I would not have been able to produce all this, or even to have existed.” Echoing this sentiment, and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Brancusi's debut at The Armory Show in 1913, the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York is presenting an exhibition of the sculptors works that has excited the artistic community and art aficionados. It coincides with the release of a fully illustrated catalogue of the same name published by Assouline. Written by Jérôme Neutres, it underlies Brancusi's fondness for New York (he saw Manhattan as his "large-scale studio"), the city's skyline an inspiration for both his sculptures and photographs. Most of his works are housed in the Museum of Modern Art, as well as the National Museum of Art of Romania in Bucharest, and Washington's National Gallery of Art. When Brancusi died at the age of 81, he left behind 215 sculptures and 1200 photographs, many of them shown in this, not to be missed, exhibition.

Brancusi in New York 1913 - 2013
Paul Kasmin Gallery
515 West 27th Street
New York, NY

November 7, 2013 - January 11, 2014

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