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John Storrs

Forms in Space #1

c. 1924

Artist

John Storrs (1885-1956)

Title

Forms in Space #1

Date

c. 1924

Medium

Marble

Dimensions

Overall: 77 × 13 3/4 × 8 3/8 in. (195.6 × 34.9 × 21.3 cm) Overall (with base): 89 × 15 1/4 × 9 5/8 in. (226.1 × 38.7 × 24.5 cm)

Credit line

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; 50th Anniversary Gift of Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Friedman in honor of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Flora Whitney Miller, and Flora Miller Biddle

Accession number

84.37

Object Label

John Storrs’s lifelong interest in the interrelationship between sculpture and architecture culminated in a series of works produced in 1923-24 that followed the essential contours and aesthetics of New York’s modern skyscrapers. Forms in Space #1 is a solid, vertical block of marble, more than 7 feet tall, with a multiplaned façade and stepped silhouette. The stark marble and symmetrical, angular forms make it the most purely geometric and abstract of Storrs’s sculptures from this time. Moreover, the shallow, sharp-edged zigzags suggest the Art Deco style of the American Radiator Building and the Barclay-Vesey Building that were being constructed in New York City when this work was created.

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