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Tony Rosenthal

August 22, 2011

Most known for his landmark public art sculptures in New York City, Tony Rosenthal(1914-2009) created sculptures out of many mediums including wood, steel, iron, and aluminum, as well as in an array of sizes ranging from a few inches to a several hundred feet. Originally from Chicago, Rosenthal was encouraged by Charles and Ray Eames, whom he met at Cranbrook, to move to Los Angeles, where he found great demand to construct sculptures for new buildings. In 1956, his home and studio in Malibu were destroyed in a fire. His sculptures were lain outside for safety, but changed in color to a burnt red due to the fire. (These flame-induced sculptures had a solo exhibit, and later traveled to Pittsburg.) Rosenthal employed an abstract expressionist style, similar to his contemporaries, but used sculpture to create what his instinctual creative conscious insisted upon.

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