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Mondrian and Neo-Plasticism in America Nancy J.Troy 1979 Yale University Art Gallery

Mondrian and Neo-Plasticism in America

Nancy J.Troy,

Yale University Art Gallery

New Haven Connecticut, 1979, pp.42-45

Library of Congress Catalogue

ISBN 0-89467-011-5

Catalogue published  on the occasion of the exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery

Oct 18 to Dec 2 1979

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Artists included in the exhibition

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PIET MONDRIAN

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Iliya Bolotowsky

Burgoyne Diller

Fritz Glarner

Harry Holtzman

Leo Polk Smith

Charmion von Wiegand

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PRINCIPAL REFERENCES

FOR THE HARRY HOLTZMAN

CHAPTER

pp. 42 - 45

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Katherine Dreier Marcel Duchamp

THE COLLECTION OF THE SOCIETE ANONYME:

MUSEUM OF MODERN ART,

NEW HAVEN YALE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY

1950

pp. 118 119

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RUTH GURIN

Interview with Harry Holtzman

January 11 1965

Archives of American Art

Smithsonian Inst. Washington D.C.

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The Harry Holtzman works present in the exhibition

were:

EQUILIBRIUM OF MOVEMENT AND COUNTERMOVEMENT

1933

CHARCOAL ON PAPER

18 7/8 X 24 1/4

(ESTATE OF HARRY HOLTZMAN)

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HORIZONTAL VOLUME

1938 1946

OIL ON GESSOED LINEN

12 X 33"

(San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)

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LATERAL VOLUME #1

1939 1940

OIL AND TEMPERA ON CHESSECLOTH

OR MUSLIN LAID DOWN ON MASONITE

60 X 12 X 1 1/2"

(Museum of Modern Art Corniegie Institute, Pittsburgh)

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LATERAL VOLUME # 2

1939 1940

OIL AND TEMPERA ON CHESSECLOTH

OR MUSLIN LAID DOWN ON MASONITE

60 X 12 X 1 1/2"

(Societe Anonyme, Yale University Art Gallery)

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SCULPTURE

1941 1942

OIL AND TEMPERA ON CHESSECLOTH

OR MUSLIN LAID DOWN ON MASONITE

60 X 12 X 12"

(Societe Anonyme, Yale University Art Gallery)


Of this 'painting construction' sculpture 1941  by Harry Holtzman Piet Mondrian commented:

“In the present three dimensional works of H.H. (Harry Holtzman) the picture moves still more from the wall into our surrounding space. In this way the painting more literally annihilates the three dimensional volume.”

(letter to Harry Holtzman 6 1 1942 cited by Daniel Abadie in the catalogue 'Paris New York Paris', Paris Musee National d'Art Moderne Centre George Pompidou 1977) 

The piece, included in the

"Spring Salon for Young Artists"

(18 May - 26 June 1943)

at the Art of this Century Gallery in New York,

was also shown in the

Maya Deren's film "Witch's Cradle"

filmed at the AoTC during the August 1943


According to Nancy J. Troy Holtzman's sculptures

are akin to works by European and American artists who sought to apply Mondrian's principle of Neoplasticism into the three dimension.

Cesar Domela, Jean Gurin, B Diller,worked out from the painted surface but still adhering to that surface for their overall concept.

Harry Holtzman set out in a new direction by working in the round.

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