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Rectilinear Space Construction

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Rectilinear Space Construction

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Theodore Roszak
American, born Poland, 1907–1981




Painted wood, wire, and plastic

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15 3/4 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches


On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 301


Upon his return from studies in Europe, Theodore Roszak began using industrial materials to build sculptures. Rectilinear Space Construction is an intriguing blend of mass-produced modern materials, such as plastics, with organic materials, including wood, which Roszak crafted into distinctive forms and painted with clearly irregular brushstrokes. In this significant example from Roszak’s Constructivist period, the intimate sculpture is built upon a simple crescent shape, which represents a pivotal motif throughout Roszak’s 1940s production.


Purchase with funds from the American Art Collectors and the Jean and Glenn Verrill Foundation, and through prior acquisitions with funds from the Friends of Art, Margaret and John L. Hoffman, and the Goldthwaite Estate, William B. and Mary Mobely Fambrough, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas K. Glenn, bequest of Mrs. Francis Pickens Bacon, Athos Rudolfo Menaboni, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Abreu, Beverly DuBose, Sr., Mrs. Charles T. Hopkins, and in memory of Byron P. Harris

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