John Storrs (1885-1956)
Forms in Space #1
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)
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
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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.