Lot 371: Dimitri Hadzi
Incised signature with edition in Roman numerals near base
51.5" x 17" x 15" (Base only: 15" x 17" x 18")
Provenance: Felix Landau Gallery, Los Angeles;
Private Collection, California (acquired directly from the above, 1969)
Illustrated: Demetres, Charles. Dimitri Hadzi: Recent Sculpture. Los Angeles: Felix Landau Gallery, 1969. #23.
Literature: Dimitri Hadzi. Summer Artist-In-Residence. Hanover: Jaffe-Friede Gallery, 1969. unpaginated.
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Internationally recognized American sculptor Dimitri Hadzi (1921-2006) created modern bronze sculptures that evoke classical subjects through a careful interplay of abstract forms and open space. Raised in Brooklyn, New York, Hadzi studied art at Cooper Union and earned a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Greece upon graduating in 1950. He was immediately impressed with the ancient sculpture he could only encounter in museums as a child, “I was stunned. Very great invention was involved, and what was powerful to me was their interaction with the architecture of the Parthenon.” Preferring to learn from the masters of classical antiquity to “do something as new as possible,” Hadzi moved to Rome and didn’t return to the United States until the mid-1970s. As the American representative to the Venice Biennales of 1956, 1958, and 1962, he was at the forefront of European Modernism. Museums such as the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden purchased his work for their permanent collections. Thera II (1967-68) stands “like a ceremonial object placed on a tripod,” achieving a balance of vertical columns and bulbous masses. The sculpture is reminiscent of some of his major commissions such as K. 458 The Hunt (1966) in Avery Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York and Thermopylae (1969) on the plaza of the Walter Gropius designed John F. Kennedy Office Building.
Fox, Margalit. “Dimitri Hadzi, 85, Sculptor and Art Professor, Is Dead.” NYTimes.com. New York Times, 1 May 2006. Web. 30 Mar 2013.
Selz, Peter, Joseph Masheck, and Debra Bricker Balken. Dimitri Hadzi. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1996. Print.