Title: Backs(detail of installation)
Medium: Burlap and resin
Abakanowicz is a retired Professor of the Academy of Fine Arts in Poland. She creates sculpture in bronze, wood, steel, ceramic, and burlap. Her main subjects are human and animal figures presented in large groups of 50, 80, or 150 exemplars. Abakanowicz also works in drawing, painting, choreographing dances, and architectural projects.
She states, "I feel overawed by quantity where counting no longer makes sense. By unrepeatability within such a quantity. By creatures of nature gathered in herds, droves, species, in which each individual, while subservient to the mass, retains some distinguishing features. A crowd of people, birds, insects, or leaves is a mysterious assemblage of variants of certain prototype. A riddle of nature's abhorrence of exact repetition or inability to produce it. Just as the human hand cannot repeat its own gesture, I invoke this disturbing law, switching my own immobile herds into that rhythm."
Abakanowicz is represented by Marlborough Gallery Inc., 40 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019. Her selected solo exhibitions include: Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall, Denmark, 1996; Oriel Mostyn, England-Wales, 1996; Gallerie Marwan Hoss, Paris, 1996; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, England, 1995; Manchester City Art Galleries, England, 1995; Fundacio Miro a Mallorca, Spain, 1994; Marlborough Gallery Madrid, Spain, 1994; Kordegarda Warsaw, Poland, 1994; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan, 1993; P.S.1 Museum, New York, 1993; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1992; Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan, 1991; Stadel Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt, Germany, 1989; Turske a. Turske Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland, 1988; Mucsarnok Palace of Exhibitions, Budapest, Hungary, 1988; and Xavier Fourcade Gallery, New York, 1985.