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Drawing served as the groundwork of Gonzalez's sculpture, creating a view of sculpture as three-dimensional drawing.  Although World War I prevented him from being a more prolific sculptor at that time, Gonzalez produced an abundance of welded-iron sculpture in the last ten years of his life.  This outpouring can be seen as a result of his productive relationship with Picasso.  Experiments and collaborations with Picasso between 1928 and 1932 contributed to the transition of Cubist theory and two-dimensional pictoralism into the three-dimensional space of sculpture.  Picasso sought his old friend’s expertise in translating drawings to three-dimensional figures, as well as his mastery of the art of acetylene welding. Gonzalez's influence also reached the next generation.  Sculptors such as David Smith and Anthony Caro point to Gonzalez as a key figure in the formation of their art.   -dkw

 

With Text Notes by D.K. Walla

 

Kent Gallery, New York, 2007.

76 pp.  33 Color Plates.

ISBN:  978-1-878607-00-3

 

out of print