Archipenko in the Crosshairs of the European Avant-Garde

Lecture with Marek Wieczorek, Associate Professor of Modern Art History, University of Washington

Thursday, March 2, 2017
7:00 – 8:00 pm


In 1914, Alexander Archipenko made a sculpture titled Le Gondolier, depicting an abstracted figurine of a gondolier in a balanced pose that conveys the languid movement typical of the profession. The sculpture became a talking point among some of the founding figures of the Dutch avant-garde movement De Stijl, who extolled the virtues of the work in their magazine. They analyzed it in a diagram that was meant to expose the 'vital forces' underlying Archipenko’s art, indirectly invoking the notion of the élan vital that the artist had adapted from French philosopher Henri Bergson. The lecture will use this episode to explore the philosophical foundations of Archipenko's artworks and later teachings.

Marek Wieczorek is an Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Washington. He holds a PhD from Columbia University in New York City. His research and teaching center on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century European art and avant-garde culture, principally the Netherlands, France, and Germany, as well as broader questions of modernism and abstraction as they extend into the field of contemporary art.

Alexander Archipenko, Boxing (Boxe), 1914. Bronze. Alexander Archipenko © 2017 Estate of Alexander Archipenko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


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