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Artist
Conrad Marca-Relli
Title
Free Standing Form
Date
1961
Medium
painted aluminum
Dimensions
12 1/2 × 8 × 3 1/4 inches (31.8 × 20.3 × 8.3 cm)
Tags
Sculpture
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight H. Emanuelson.
Accession Number
1999.13.3
Conrad Marca-Relli was born in Boston to Italian parents in 1913. Well-travelled and educated at the Cooper Union Institute in New York, he also served in the Army during World War II. In New York, Marca-Relli was a founding member of the Eighth Street Club along with other early primary figures of the Abstract Expressionist movement.

Marca-Relli believed abstraction should be emotionally moving, and he used psychologically affecting shapes and textures to evoke emotions. Marca-Relli took a constructive approach to image-making, building up surfaces by cutting out and applying shapes to canvas or metal supports. Marca-Relli is best-known for elevating the status of collage in art to its current status, where it now carries its own formal and emotive qualities.