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The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Alexander Archipenko

Alexander Archipenko, Torso in Space, 1936

Alexander Archipenko (Ukranian, 1887-1964)
Torso in Space 1936
Bronze
Gift of Edward Joseph Gallagher, Jr. in memory of Edward Joseph Gallagher, Ann Hay Gallagher, and Edward Joseph Gallagher III
1971.001.002

Torso in Space represents a fusion of the classical with the modern. Archipenko’s figure evokes the supple, elegant shape of the classical nude but with a simpler form that seems to float in space. Its clean lines and smooth, reflective surface create a more abstract body, and its sinuous outline produces a rhythmic play of mass and space.