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MAGDALENA ABAKANOWICZ | Caminando (20 Walking Figures)

400,000 - 600,000 USD
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  • Magdalena Abakanowicz
  • Caminando (20 Walking Figures)
  • incised with the artist's signature, foundry mark and date 1998/99 on the interior of various figures 
  • bronze, in 20 parts
  • each figure: 68 1/2 x 27 1/2 x 19 3/4 in.; 174 x 69.9 x 50.2 cm
  • Executed in 1998-1999, this work is unique.


Marlborough Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2005


Köln, Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, Magdalena Abakanowicz, August - October 2001
Salamanca, Junta de Castilla y Leon, Salamanca ciudad de la escultura, June - August 2005

Catalogue Note

"I feel overawed by quantity where counting no longer makes sense. By unrepeatability within such a quantity. By creatures of nature gathered in herds, droves, species, in which each individual while subservient to the mass retains some distinguishing features. A crowd of people or birds, insects or leaves, is a mysterious assemblage of variants of certain prototypes: a riddle of nature's abhorrence of exact repetition, or inability to produce it.  Just as the human hand cannot repeat its own gesture, I invoke this disturbing law, switching my own immobile herds into that rhythm."

Magdalena Abakanowicz

This work is being offered for sale from the catalogue. Prospective buyers may contact Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Department with inquiries or for an appointment to view the work.