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SCULPTURE IN STONE
AND METAL

A Stone Carver Seen in Depth

A large production of almost four year's work at Bodley, 1063 Madison, until March 28, Essie Pinsker is a native New Yorker and a mature artist with a personal style. Even larger than the Zelin work, a few of her pieces, like the "Adversary" (Satan), 36" high, with its hulking shoulders, emerges as a threatening, provocative figure.

Like the large, "Gray Madonna" and "Isaiah," they impress by this means, as witness other titles, "Hagar," and "Judas." They produce a powerful emotion which is deeply rooted in our epic and religious heritage.

These symbols of broad significance and metaphorical nature reveal Pinsker's preference for strength and power, as also seen in her choice of larger, heavier pieces. No dainty polished marble that returns to a Scarsdale mantelpiece for her. The stones are dynamic forms — encircling, enveloping in biomorphic shapes.

The whole exhibit has a dazzling variety of colors and movements. All works are formed of curvilear planes that swirl about a central plane (in "Symbiosis" there are two). Only for "In the Beginning" is the space open — providing a special significance.

Adversary
Adversary
Marble, 52" x 25" x 18"
While almost every stone is one large and unified polished piece, the older works in steel, such as "Cat's Cradle" (Pace University Collection), have open flat planes, while other 'studies' are done in rough steel. This reminds us that Essie Pinsker's talent is broad as well as deep.

Palmer Poroner         


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