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Theodore Jacob Roszak (1907-1981)
Theodore Jacob Roszak (1907-1981)
Theodore Jacob Roszak (1907-1981)
Theodore Jacob Roszak (1907-1981)
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Theodore Jacob Roszak (1907-1981)

Spatial Construction

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Theodore Jacob Roszak (1907-1981)
Spatial Construction
stamped 'THEODORE ROSZAK/ONE ST. LUKES PL./NEW YORK, N.Y. 10014' (under the base)
painted steel wire and wood
23 ¾ in. (60.3 cm.) high
Executed in 1942.
Provenance
Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York.
Zabriskie Gallery, New York.
Acquired by the late owner from the above, 1977.
Literature
L. Moholy-Nagy, Vision in Motion, Chicago, Illinois, 1947, pp. 234-35, fig. 319, illustrated.
Zabriskie Gallery, Theodore Roszak Constructions 1932-1945, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1978, p. 5, illustrated.
J.F. Seeman, "The Sculpture of Theodore Roszak, 1932-1952," Ph.D. dissertation, Stanford University, 1979, p. 76, fig. 123, illustrated.
D. Ngo, ed., Art + Architecture: The Ebsworth Collection + Residence, San Francisco, California, 2006, n.p., illustrated.
Exhibited
New York, Museum of Modern Art, Abstract Painting and Sculpture in America, January 23-March 25, 1951, p. 154, no. 86, illustrated.
New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; Minneapolis, Minnesota, Walker Art Center; Los Angeles, California, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco, California, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Theodore Roszak, September 18, 1956-August 11, 1957, p. 37, no. 38, illustrated.
St. Louis, Missouri, St. Louis Art Museum, The Ebsworth Collection: American Modernism, 1911-1947, November 20, 1987-June 5, 1988, pp. 156-57, 214-15, no. 56, illustrated.
Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art; Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Twentieth-Century American Art: The Ebsworth Collection, March 5-November 12, 2000, pp. 214-17, no. 56, illustrated.
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Lot Essay

The present work is one of the last constructions that Theodore Roszak created before transitioning to a concentration on welded sculpture. The arrangement of colored wire emphasizes the negative space created by the elements as much as the linear forms themselves, as Roszak himself explained in 1956, "The open wire or the open space where the voids were greater than the masses was the culmination point of free, almost unfettered, pure space construction." (Interview with J. Elliott, February 13, 1956, p. 31)

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