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Philip Pavia: Drawings and Small Sculptures

October 29, 2020–March 13, 2021

UB CFA Gallery, Second Floor

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Philip Pavia (1911-2005) was a leading sculptor in the American postwar abstraction movement, and worked alongside Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Arshile Gorky. Organized in conjunction with the unveiling of East Pediment, Sun-up (1965-66), a large-scale, outdoor sculpture that will be installed on UB’s North campus, this exhibition documents Pavia’s process through drawings and small marble sculptures created in the 1950s-80s.

On Pavia’s work of this period, curator Thomas B. Hess said, “There is a will to shambles. The act of lifting and tilting, countered by the evident heavy pull of gravity, by the weighty mass of stone units, establishes the drama. It is a strong willful kick at the limits of art.”


Image: Philip Pavia, Untitled, 1960s. Ink, graphite, and brown chalk on paper, 11 1/2 x 9 inches. Collection of Natalie Edgar Pavia. Courtesy of the artist estate.