Theme/Style Modernism, Abstraction, figurative art
Media Sculpture, drawings
Artistic Focus Adaline Kent drew upon her independent spirit and inexhaustible curiosity to create sculptures that established her as a pioneer of abstract form and a primary advocate of Modern Art. Kent combined the direct-cut method of sculpting taught to her by Ralph Stackpole with the more conservative traditions of European sculpture, as well as the avant-garde influences present in Paris during her stay. Kent’s works, whether representations of people, animals and objects in nature, or abstractions of objects and ideas, succeeded in fusing form and space, and often created interactions between positive and negative shapes to create balanced wholes.
• Born in Kentfield, California, the site of the
Kent family estate, Kent was educated at Vassar College.
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