KOSSO ELOUL "ALAT" STONE SCULPTURE, 1960
Kosso Eloul (1920-1995) is one of our favorite sculptors and an important contributor to public art in Toronto.
In addition to the numerous public sculptures in Toronto by Eloul, his works can be found in many other prominent open spaces around the world, from California to Israel.
Most familiar with Eloul associate his work with his signature forms; large brushed aluminum (or steel) angled rectangles.
However his earlier work was realized in stone. This fine sculpture, a form that is revisited and eventually created in metal, is made of Jerusalem Stone.
Eloul was born in Israel but educated in the United States. He first studied at the Art Institute of Chicago (under Frank Lloyd Wright) and later at the Chicago School of Design (with Laszlo Moholy-Nagy). He would return to Israel in 1946 and focused on his artwork while teaching. He would represent Israel at the Venice Biennale in 1959. It is only at the end of the 1950's that the artist's fully embraces abstraction.
Around 1962 Eloul meets Rita Letendre, and within two years he leaves Israel, following her to first Montreal and then Toronto. Together they create art, become mature artists and live in several different places including New York and California.
We date this sculpture to that dynamic point in Eloul's life where love and art become intertwined pursuits.
Stone sculptures by Eloul rarely come to market and we are pleased to be offering this exceptional and elegant example.
Many major institutions have examples of his work in their permanent collections including the Brooklyn Museum, the Norton Simon Museum, the Israel Museum and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to mention a few.
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Israel, circa 1960
13"W 4"H 5"D sculpture
Provenance: Gallery Moos, Toronto
Note: this sculpture can be positioned in several different configurations