Barbara Chase-Riboud. The Albino. 1972 (reinstalled in 1994 by the artist as All That Rises Must Converge/Black)

Barbara Chase-Riboud The Albino 1972 (reinstalled in 1994 by the artist as All That Rises Must Converge/Black)

  • MoMA, Floor 4, 400

Chase-Riboud was nineteen when she created her first lost-wax bronze casting at the American Academy in Rome, establishing a lifelong relationship with both the technique and the city. She began adding fiber to her sculptures a decade later in an attempt to reverse the properties of materials: making metal look soft and delicate and fiber appear ridged and hard. The sculpture may be shown in two configurations: as you see it here (The Albino) or with its arms upstretched to the ceiling (All That Rises Must Converge/Black). Both names have literary resonances. The former is the title of a poem by the artist and the latter is a reference to a 1965 short story about race and class by the Southern writer Flannery O’Connor.

Gallery label from "Collection 1940s—1970s", 2019
Bronze with black patina, wool and other fibers
180 × 126 × 30" (457.2 × 320 × 76.2 cm)
Committee on Painting and Sculpture Funds, and gift of Mrs. Elie Nadelman (by exchange)
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© Barbara Chase-Riboud. Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY
Painting and Sculpture

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