Elie Nadelman (1882-1946)
Max Palevsky grew from humble beginnings into one of the foremost visionaries of his generation. After graduating from high school, he enlisted as an electronics officer and meteorologist in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, which afforded him both the opportunity to travel the world and finish his education. While in the Army, Palevsky visited the Museum of Modern Art during a stop in New York, where he saw an influential exhibition "What is Modern Architecture?" that would broaden his understanding of the relationship between art, architecture, design and science. Palevsky was profoundly moved by this exhibition. The GI Bill enabled him to earn degrees in mathematics and philosophy from the University of Chicago in 1948. Armed with a graduate education, Palevsky accepted a teaching position at UCLA. He attended a lecture at the California Institute of Technology about the future possibility of "self-correcting" computers by the prescient mathematician John von Neumann. Palevsky was so inspired that he quit his teaching job and joined what would become Bendix Corporation as one of the world's first computer designers. Later, Palevsky and a group of associates founded Scientific Data Systems (SDS), which introduced a variety of computers. SDS was eventually sold to Xerox. He retired as a director of Xerox in May 1972. In the following years, Palevsky turned his attention to his other passions: venture capitalism, politics, philanthropy and the arts. In 1970, he became a director and board chairman of Rolling Stone magazine, which he rescued from financial ruin. Palevsky also supported a number of political candidates and became a strong supporter of campaign finance reform. When asked in recent years how he would like to be remembered, Palevsky simply answered: "Just as somebody who contributed to the community. We all have a responsibility." Property from the Collection of Max Palevsky
Elie Nadelman (1882-1946)

Early Ideal Head (La Mysterieuse)

Elie Nadelman (1882-1946)
Early Ideal Head (La Mysterieuse)
signed 'Elie Nadelman' (along the reverse)
17 in. (43.2 cm.) high on a marble base 7½ in. (19.1 cm.) high
Executed circa 1916-17.
Mrs. Chauncey Blair, Chicago, Illinois.
Mrs. Arthur Krock, Washington, D.C.
Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., New York, 17 October 1973, lot 53.
Paul Kantor Gallery, New York, acquired from the above.
Acquired by the present owner from the above.
B. Haskell, Elie Nadelman: Sculptor of Modern Life, exhibition catalogue, New York, 2003, pp. 89, 92, fig. 106, illustrated.
New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Elie Nadelman: Sculptor of Modern Life, April 3-July 20, 2003.

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