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Alexander Archipenko - Ukrainian Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Alexander Archipenko (1887 - 1964)

Born in Kyiv, Alexander Archipenko moved to Paris in 1908 where he first encountered the Cubist movement through his interaction with Leger. He soon adopted the movement’s style, becoming one of its leading sculptors. His reputation grew in France and across Europe, notably Germany before World War I interrupted his career. In 1921, he re-entered the art scene with a successful solo exhibition in the United States. Archipenko spent the following two years in Berlin before moving to the United States, gaining citizenship in 1928. He taught across the country, but mainly in New York City where he ran a sculpture school from 1939 until his death in 1964.

Associated with the cubist movement, Archipenko departed from the neo-classical sculpture of his time and used negative space to create a new way of looking at the human figure, showing a number of views of the subject simultaneously. He is known for introducing sculptural voids, and for his inventive mixing of genres throughout his career: devising 'sculpto-paintings', and later experimenting with materials such as clear acrylic and terra cotta. | Contact Us | List Your Art | List Your Art Gallery | Site Map

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