Max Finkelstein Large Mixed Metal 1956 Sculpture California




MID-CENTURY MODERN-Modernism

Price: 

$3,800
Specifications
Designer VerificationNone
Condition
Excellent
Reference
MPD-007426
Description

"MEDUSA"
MIXED METAL, SIGNED, TITLED
CALIFORNIA, DATED 1956
ACQUIRED FROM THE DAUGHTER OF THE ARTIST
31 X 28 INCHES

MAX FINKELSTEIN
1915-2016
 
 
American sculptor Max Finkelstein was born in New York City in 1915.  From an early age he excelled in areas of math and science, graduating with honors in 1934 from Baron de Hirsch Trade School in New York City, with a degree as a machinist.
 
From 1935-1965, Finkelstein worked in machine shops in all categories of the industry, gaining familiarity with many types of metals and plastics. He also worked on product design and the development of mass-produced parts, automated machinery, models, prototypes and fabrication.
 
It was not until 1954 that Finkelstein began experimenting with art, sculpting in his garage studio. He pursued this passion, studying at the California School of Art in Los Angeles, The Kahn Art Institute (LA), UCLA, Los Angeles City College, and the Sculpture Center in NYC.
 
He began his career as an independent artist in 1960. And since has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the southwest and New York City. He also taught sculpture for a time at the University of Judaism.
 
His work has received awards from the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Krannert Art Museum Biennal, University of Illinois, and others.
 
His works are held in several corporate and public collections including: the Jewish Museum (NYC), Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and others.
 
ARTIST’S STATEMENT:
 

As an artist in the 1950s, I first started carving in wood, then welding. The created works were based on biblical themes, fossil forms and images from nature. I began utilizing twenty five years of machine shop experience in 1963, the next phase of my art.
When machining aluminum, light, reflected from its etched surfaces causes movement and color changes. This phenomenon became a new form in the creating of my work. The aesthetics of precision became part of my art. I looked for a pure image that is derived from modern materials. To me, machined aluminum reflects the spirit of our times, the computer, the automated product, and the poetry of space. I try to capture that one fleeting image of a memory, a thought, and fuse it into a lasting reality of sculpture.
I use modules in common with industry: triangles, squares, rectangles, hexagons and circles. Machined textures and consequent development of unitized images in metal or painted wood, gives me an infinite number of combinations in the designs of my work.
Since 1955 I have worked in series, whether wall hangings or free standing structures, exploring a variety of styles and mediums, using many images and disparate materials, but one distinctive characteristic is paramount: the viewer becomes the kinetic force activating the elements of color and dynamics in the composition of the works.