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Torse Gerbe (Sheaf Torso)

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Torse Gerbe (Sheaf Torso)

Artist: Hans (Jean) Arp (French, born Germany (Alsace), 1886 - 1966)
Date: 1958
Medium: Marble
Overall: 44 1/2 x 25 1/2 x 16 1/2 in., 438 lb. (113 x 64.8 x 41.9 cm., 198.7 kg.)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Coffin Fine Arts Trust; Nathan Emory Coffin Collection of the Des Moines Art Center, 1965.1
Accession number: 1965.1
Classification: sculpture
Label TextThe creative production of Jean Arp is itself one of the clearest representations of individuality and personal inventiveness in the art of our time. As poet, painter, and sculptor, Arp has played a leading role in the development of European art since before World War I. In 1911 he became closely allied with the famous Blaue Reiter group in Munich. The tendency in Arp's work toward extreme simplification of form, directed toward metaphysical expression became clear by 1915. His work in collage, tapestry and painted wood relief showed a rapid development toward the highly distinctive treatment of a theme through abstract form. Source: DMAC Bulletin, April 1965
In 1943 Sophie Taeuber, Arp’s wife and long-time artistic collaborator, was tragically killed in a stove accident. In response, Arp focused his sculpture on conceptual studies of the human form. This work transforms the female shape into an abstract image of beauty and tranquility, and expresses Arp’s conviction that art could be a manifestation of immaterial values. January, 2020
Jean Arp first became a major figure in the Dada movement, the "cult of the irrational" that began in Zurich, Switzerland, during the First World War. From 1916 to around 1930, Arp worked mostly in collage and relief. After that time he devoted himself primarily to sculpture in the round. His sculptures and reliefs, both surreal and formal, combine the fantasy and sculptural discipline that make Arp's work a strong central force in modern art. Source: DMAC Bulletin. January 1969
Exhibition History"Commitment, Community and Controversy: The Des Moines Art Center Collections," Des Moines Art Center, January 24, 1998 - May 10, 1998

"From Body to Being: Reflections on the Human Image," Des Moines Art Center, Feb. 1 - May 4, 1997

"Arp 1886 - 1966," organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Mar. 15 - May 24,1987 (circulated to: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, July 1 - Sept. 13, 1987; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Dec. 3, 1987 - Jan. 31, 1988

"Jean Arp Memorial Exhibition," organized by the U.C.L.A. Art Galleries for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: U.C.L.A. Art Galleries, Los Angeles, Nov. 10 - Dec. 12, 1968 (circulated to: Des Moines Art Center, Jan. 11 - Feb. 16, 1969; Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Mar. 12 - Apr. 13, 1969; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, N.Y., May 16 - June 29, 1969)

"Sculptors' Drawings," Des Moines Art Center, Oct. 2 - 25, 1964

"Arp," Sidney Janis Gallery, Apr. 29 - May 25, 1963

"Jean Arp, Sculpture, Reliefs, Paintings, Collages, Tapestries," Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris, Feb. 21 - Apr. 20, 1962 (circulated to: Kunsthalle, Basel, June 2 - July 14, 1962; Louisiana Museum, Humblebaek, Denmark; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; The Tate Gallery, London, Nov. 24 - Dec. 23, 1962)
Published ReferencesRobert Hobbs and Judith Bernstock, ELEANORE MIKUS: SHADOWS OF THE REAL, Groton House, Ithaca, NY, University of Washington Press, 1991, b/w ill. p. 23.

DES MOINES ART CENTER: SELECTED PAINTINGS, SCULPTURES AND WORKS ON PAPER, a catalog of selections from the permanent collection published in 1985, cat. ref. p.24, ill. pl. no.7, p.25

"Arp 1886 - 1966," Minneapolis Institute of Art; Wurttembergischer Kunstverein, Germany, cat. ref. p.309, no.250, b/w ill. p.233

"The Nathan Emory Coffin Collection of the Des Moines Art Center," a portfolio representing a selection of fifty works purchased for the collection to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Nathan Emory Coffin, 1981, b.w. ill.

"Jean Arp Memorial Exhibition," UCLA Art Galleries, Los Angeles for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, N. Y., 1968, cat. no. 8, cover ill.

"Arp," Sidney Janis Gallery, N. Y., 1963, cat. no. 4, ill.

"Art In America, "EVENING JOURNAL, Wilmington, Delaware, July 8, 1968, ill.

Sir Herbert Read, THE ART OF JEAN ARP, printed and bound in Great Britain, pub. Harry N. Abrams, Inc., N. Y., 1968, ill. pl. no. 114, p. 100

"Jean Arp, Sculpture, Reliefs, Paintings, Collages, Tapestries," Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris, 1962, cat. ill.

DES MOINES REGISTER, Apr. 17, 1965, ill.

DMAC Appointment Calendar for 1972, ill. for December

DMAC Bulletin, Jan. 1969, ill.

AN UNCOMMON VISION: THE DES MOINES ART CENTER, Des Moines Art Center, 1998, ref. pp.33 & 48, color ill. p.49

DMAC Bulletin, Apr. 1965, cover ill.
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