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Documentation Signed
Period 2000-2019
Materials bronze and bluestone
W. 10 in; H. 14.5 in; D. 6 in;
W. 25.4 cm; H. 36.83 cm; D. 15.24 cm;
Creation Date 2007
Description Boaz Vaadia is the internationally known sculptor whose timeless, evocative stone figures now inhabit
museums, cultural sites, art galleries, and private collections. As major installations at prime buildings,
parks, and homes around the world, they set a tone of peace and serenity.
Born and raised in Israel, Vaadia moved to New York City in 1975 thanks to a grant he received from the
American-Israel Cultural Foundation. Vaadia established his studio in SoHo where roads were being torn
up and buildings were being torn down. In the chaos of New York City, he discovered supplies from the
earth. Slate and bluestone, ubiquitous materials of the city, are sedimentary rocks from glacial periods,
millions of years old.
Starting in 1985, generic representations of man and woman emerged from Vaadia’s earlier abstract,
monumental effigies. Though generalized in form, there is some individuality in each figure, the artist’s
intention being to represent the essence of a specific person. “I love people. Each person is unique, as is
the work of an artist. It is important that we, as artists, identify our own uniqueness, just as every
individual needs to identify his/her own individuality.” This individuality resides in centeredness, not in
superficial attributes. It is that which unites us as human beings. Vaadia hand carves slices of slate and
bluestone, shaping them to be layers in a kind of topographical map. He stacks the horizontal slabs until
the graded silhouette of a person, animal or group emerges. He views the geological layering of the stone
as a natural model for his own sculptural process. It seems a logical metaphor for our human layering of
experience and memory.
Styles / Movements Contemporary
Incollect Reference Number 323398
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