Naum Neemia Pevsner Gabo

Russian/American , 1890 - 1977

Born in Russia, Naum Gabo is best known as one of the world’s foremost Constructivist sculptors. He attended the University of Munich and the Technische Hochschule in Munich. In 1912 he attended Professor Wölfflin’s lectures on the History of Art.

At the onset of the War in 1914, Gabo Went to Copenhagen, Bergen and then Oslo, and in 1915 he made his first constructions. From 1918 to 1920 he continued to work on constructions and he taught, unofficially, at the State Free Art Studios. He had his first public exhibition in Moscow in 1920 and, two years later, he left for Berlin where he lived and worked for ten years.

Gabo became an American citizen in 1952 and from 1953 to 1954 he was a Professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Architecture. In 1954 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Mr. And Mrs. Frank G. Logan Medal of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was elected a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1965 and in 1969 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1975 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in 1977, after a long illness, Gabo passed away in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Gabo made hundreds of prints, but the body of work that remains is his “Opus” monoprint series, which was gathered into portfolios. Gabo took a lateral approach to the techniques and traditions of printmaking, controlling and manipulating mistakes to create a fascinating and completely original work of his own.
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