Untitled

Untitled

1996
Artist
Tom Friedman, American, 1965-
Born: St. Louis, MO
Work Locations: Newton, MA
Country
United States
sculpture
beaded styrofoam
Gift of Polly and Mark Addison
2002.108
Tom Friedman (American). Untitled. 1996. beaded styrofoam. Gift of Polly and Mark Addison. 2002.108.
Dimensions
height: 5 in, 12.7000 cm; width: 1 13/16 in, 4.6038 cm; depth: 3/4 in, 1.9050 cm
Department
Modern and Contemporary Art
Collection
Modern and Contemporary Art
Tom Friedman discovers unusual uses for everyday materials in sculpture and takes simple ideas to their extreme. The untitled Styrofoam man is composed of hundreds of tiny balls of the material, which Friedman painstakingly tweezed off a compacted block of the material in an obsessive labor of love. He creates humble but remarkably crafted works, often diminutive like this one. Though they are often humorous, they metaphorically and literally suggest the disposable and fragile nature of the objects he creates.
Exhibition History
  • "Collecting Ideas: Works from the Polly and Mark Addison Collection"--Vance Kirkland Close Range Gallery, Denver Art Museum, 11/18/2000 - 3/11/2001
  • "Retrospectacle: 25 Years of Collecting Modern & Contemporary Art"--Denver Art Museum, 11/16/2002 - 8/3/2003
  • "Focus: The Figure"--Denver Art Museum, 8/9/2008 - 2/2011
  • "Material World"--Denver Art Museum, 5/19/2013 - 1/4/2015

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