Alexander Ney, American/Russian (b 1939) has an ever increasing reputation, and demand for his works. Christies and Freeman's have auctioned several of his terracotta sculptures; major galleries are adding his work; and many notable private collections have been buying his work. This is a wonderful sculpture that is very representative of Mr. Ney's best works. His life has been filled with difficulties that have certainly given even greater depth to his work. Information about this fascinating artist is at the end of this listing.
Medium: White terracotta.
Size: 9-1/2" H, 7"
Signed: On base.
Condition: Very Good Condition.
Alexander Ney was born 1939, in Leningrad, Russia. He immigrated to the United States in 1974 and has since lived and worked in New York. Developing several individualistic styles in modern art, he is most famous for his unique work in terra cotta sculpture, involving heavily perforated surfaces and intriguing forms.
Born at the outbreak of World War II, Ney's early childhood was entrenched in difficulty. Two weeks before he became 2 years old, the Siege of Leningrad was launched, described by historians as the second most lethal battle in the war's tragic history. After being given private art lessons at the home of influential Russian sculptor V.V. Lishev (1877–1960), from 1954 to 1957 Ney studied at the Art School of the Leningrad Academy of Arts, and later at the Art School of the Surikov Moscow Art Institute from 1957 to 1959. Ney befriended a wide number of progressive-minded art students, now stars of the contemporary Russian art scene such as Alexander Kosolapov, Leonid Sokov, Alexander Yulikov, Lev Nussberg, and Vadim Kosmatschof. His relentless efforts in creating strikingly new interpretations of art quickly made the young artist legendary amidst his peers. He was called "the artists' artist."
From 1965 to 1967, Ney taught sculpture to children at the House of Young Pioneers in Leningrad. Students included future Russian novelist Sergei Dovlatov (1941–1990).
In 1967 through 1969, he attended art history and theory courses at the Ilya Repin Institute. He continued to perfect his skills as both a painter and sculptor, as well as an art theoretician.
Notable collections of Ney’s sculptures, paintings and drawings are held at:
Museum Beelden aan Zee, containing the largest collection of international sculpture in the Netherlands The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia The State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia The Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia The National Center for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Russia The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, USA The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, USA
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