Magdalena Abakanowicz: Frieze Sculpture Park, London

Eminent Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz died this year aged 86 and it is a privilege to have her work exhibited at Frieze Sculpture Park. Suffering at the hands of both fascist and communist forces, Abakanowicz’s work is a powerful exploration of the human condition, the relationship between man and nature, and her experience of Poland’s political upheavals. ‘My work comes from the experience of crowds, injustice and aggression… I feel an affinity for art when it was made a form of existence, like when shamans worked in the territory between men and unknown powers…’ Of ‘Standing Figure with Wheel’, she said,‘the single metal cast figure is of a material more lasting than time. Perhaps this sign left behind will be for others a lasting anxiety, a memory of our existence on the overpopulated planet. The face of the figure disappeared in the crowd. Its body is an incomplete trace of our spatial adherence to the material surrounding.’

Magdalena Abakanowicz, Standing Figure with Wheel (1990).
Photo: Stephen White.

 

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Eminent Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz died this year aged 86 and it is a privilege to have her work exhibited at Frieze Sculpture Park. Suffering at the hands of both fascist and communist forces, Abakanowicz’s work is a powerful exploration of the human condition, the relationship between man and nature, and her experience of Poland’s political upheavals. ‘My work comes from the experience of crowds, injustice and aggression… I feel an affinity for art when it was made a form of existence, like when shamans worked in the territory between men and unknown powers…’ Of ‘Standing Figure with Wheel’, she said,‘the single metal cast figure is of a material more lasting than time. Perhaps this sign left behind will be for others a lasting anxiety, a memory of our existence on the overpopulated planet. The face of the figure disappeared in the crowd. Its body is an incomplete trace of our spatial adherence to the material surrounding.’

Magdalena Abakanowicz, Standing Figure with Wheel (1990).
Photo: Stephen White.

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