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Artist
James Rosati
Title
Drake, Small Version
Date
1970
Medium
painted zinc
Dimensions
11 × 20 1/2 × 13 1/2 inches (27.9 × 52.1 × 34.3 cm)
Tags
Sculpture
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight H. Emanuelson.
Accession Number
1980.18.1
James Rosati was an American abstract sculptor born in Washington, Pennsylvania. After moving to New York in 1944, he became part of the Eighth Street Club a group of Abstract Expressionists such as Conrad Marca-Relli. Rosati’s work is characterized by monumental geometric sculptures that bare a great influence from Cubist imagery.

Drake, Small Version is more likely to be a model or a maquette for a large-scale sculpture that Rosati had in mind. This sculpture, comprising three geometric forms, creates a movement through space as each angle is different from the other, and can be seen from several viewpoints. The way the sculpture interacts with its surroundings, providing passages and planes for light to move, offers a conversation between positive and negative space.