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    • Drawing for an Unwritten Sonata 2013
    • welded iron: 33 x 31 x 7 inches
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    • Cornish Tabernacle 2013
    • painted wood, iron, mahogany: 31 x 28 x 16 inches
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    • Tabernacle 2012
    • mixed media: 19 x 17 x 6 inches
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    • Caliph 2013
    • welded iron: 12 x 14 x 5 inches
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    • Emperor 2012
    • welded iron: 17 x 9.5 x 4 inches
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    • Fandango 2012
    • welded iron: 22.5 x 18 x 3 inches
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    • Leda's Awakening 2013
    • welded iron: 10 x 12 x 8 inches
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    • Caravel 2013
    • welded iron: 12 x 12 x 4 inches
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    • Sorcerer's Sceptre 2013
    • welded iron: 19 x 13 x 5 inches
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    • Night Poem 2012
    • welded iron: 25 x 8 x 6 inches
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    • Stele 2013
    • welded iron: 27 x 5 x 5 inches
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    • Isis-Moonsong 2012
    • welded iron: 28.5 x 6 x 4.5 inches
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    • Alchemist 2013
    • wood, brass, fired clay: 13 x 12 x 3 inches
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    • Sultan 2013
    • welded iron: 17 x 10 x 5 inches
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    • Guardian of the Moon 2013
    • welded iron: 57 x 26 x 13 inches
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    • Ballerina's Mirror 2013
    • welded iron: 43 x 18 x 8 inches
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    • Pink Madam 2013
    • painted wood: 55 x 35 x 17 inches
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    • Scaramouche: The Samari 2013
    • painted wood: 65 x 57 x 22 inches
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    • Idol (Shrine) 2012
    • mixed media: 29 x 21 x 5.5 inches
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    • Prayer Flag 2011
    • mixed media: 27 x 35 x 2 inches
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    • Diary 2011
    • mixed media: 31.5 x 29.5 x 3.5 inches
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    • Rhapsody 2011
    • mixed media: 35 x 29.5 x 3.5 inches
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    • Icon 2011
    • painted Homasote and wood: 32 x 26 x 2 inches
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    • Hussar 2009
    • painted wood and metal: 60 x 44 x 4 inches
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    • Athena 2011
    • gilded and painted wood with clay pottery: 87 x 27 x 11 inches
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    • Zephyrus 2009
    • plaster and painted wood: 18 x 21 x 14 inches
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John Udvardy

American

Udvardy is a prolific modernist sculptor whose assembled structures are based in Cubist sensibilities surrounding painting and collage. The varied, elegant work weaves poetic tales of labor and leisure in stunning masses of materials including wood, stone, fired clay, nails, paint stirrers and canvas.

Iron sculptures include Fandango and Night Poem. Such dynamic pairings highlight the artist’s expert formal manipulations. The metal dips and bends connecting the disparate pieces into curving lines which frame brilliant negative spaces.  Beyond their formal beauty lies the signifiers of these useful-turned-obsolete objects.  Repurposing is at the heart of Udvardy’s work, as he uses the elements of his collections to create a dialogue between the labor of the worker and the labor of the aritst.

Udvardy is the dean of the assemblage art form. Judith Tolnick Champa writes,  Udvardy “re-assembles objects derived from his massive studio, a dense environment of collecting. Found forms and shapes are source material, a personal palette for positing and devising handsome assemblages.”

John Udvardy is professor emeritus of the Rhode Island School of Design. He trained at the Cleveland Institute of Art and received his MFA from Yale University.

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