Wein Sculptures to Shine at Kaminski Auctions Modern and Art Glass Sale, March 25th, 2012

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Several Albert Wein sculptures will be the highlight of the Kaminski Auctions March 25th, Modern and Art Deco decorative arts sale, in Beverly, MA.

" Prometheus" 1947-48 Bronze 181/2 x13x5 1/2inches

Wein was once quoted as saying that the main thrust of his work was "to modernize and stylize the classical tradition".

Kaminski Auctions of Beverly, Massachusetts is pleased to offer several Albert Wein bronzes in its upcoming March 25th Modern auction. Wein had an illustrious career winning many awards for his sculpture and paintings, in addition to many important commissions.

Albert Wein at a young age studied an academic course of study that was grounded in classicism at the Maryland Institute. He furthered his studies at the National Academy of Design in New York under the painter Ivan Olinsky.

In 1932 he entered the Beaux-Arts Institute in New York where he furthered his artistic education in sculpture, studying under some of the most prominent sculptors of the time, specifically, Hans Hofmann, who was at the forefront of the modernism movement.

In 1947 he won the Prix de Rome scholarship and left the United States to study at the American Academy in Rome. He traveled extensively at that time and was greatly influenced by the classical sculpture of Greece and Rome.

Perhaps his earliest work that captured what was to become his signature style was “Adam”, a very powerful modern sculpture based in the classical tradition. He is also known for many fine erotic sculptures he created, after a period of time living in California.

In 1975, he was commissioned to create North America's largest granite relief; A 27 ft x 27 ft. granite relief on Libby Dam which is located in Montana.

Wein was once quoted as saying that the main thrust of his work was "to modernize and stylize the classical tradition".

These wonderful sculptures on offer at the Kaminski sale were an important part of the exhibition "Albert Wein American Modernist" in 2008 at the Boston Atheneaum. A color catalog is available for this auction, for more information and to view the entire catalog online please go to http://www.kaminskiauctions.com.

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