The Easel

Alina Szapocznikow’s Radical Instability

In 1960’s New York, “emotionless” minimalist sculptures were all the rage. Some European sculptors wanted the opposite – sculpture that expressed emotion. Szapocznikow was one. Her sculptures, “awkward objects … that capture the fleeting moments of life” included body parts, cast in unconventional materials like resin. Her works are of their time but “contributed significantly to redefining the visual language of sculpture today”.