Esphyr Slobodkina

Honoring the Life and Art of a Pioneer of American Abstraction

Typewriter Bird

Typewriter Bird

Year: 1960-61
Type: Assemblage

Catalog #: SF_0971

Current Location:
Heckscher Museum of Art

Exhibition History:

“Slobodkina: Early (1938) and Recent (1988) Works,” Sid Deutsch Gallery, NY and Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL, 1989; Tufts show, 1992. “Rediscovering Slobodkina: A Pioneer of American Abstraction,” Heckscher Museum, Huntington NY, Dec 2008-Mar 2009,
Samuel P. Harn Art Museum, Gainesville, FL, Jun 16 – Sept 6, 2009;

Dimensions:
17 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 7 1/2

Sculpture Typewriter Bird

This was the first piece made out of a typewriter. “It was made in 1960 when I was living in William’s house and had that gorgeous studio…I found an old typewriter in the corner and couldn’t use it because it was broken so I made something out of it” (1).

“Typewriter Bird was constructed from the curved arms inside a pre-daisy wheel typewriter. They are set in an arc, like plumage, the occasional arm bursting away from the curve like the jut of a cock’s head as he struts around the barnyard”.