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Isaac Witkin experimented with several different metals throughout the 1960s and 1970s before he chose to work exclusively with bronze. To create his bronze sculptures, Witkin poured the molten metal directly into structured sand molds, producing works with organic forms and textured surfaces. Firebird is an example of Witkin's ability to fuse texture, shape, balance, and abstracted designs in a sculpture that appears wonderfully free-form.

Credit: Gift of Herk Van Tongeren

1983
Bronze
135.6 x 140.7 x 16.8 cm
1985.95
Image and text: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2024

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