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John Van Alstine

“Like many 20th-century sculptors, John Van Alstine is concerned with achieving verticality, and with the leverage and flexion required to get massive forms aloft. Standing upright is no longer a given of sculpture but a strenuous and problematic undertaking. Van Alstine, following in the footsteps of Constantin Brancusi and David Smith, has made the elevating function of the pedestal an essential element of the sculpture itself, but he has also extended the notion into the realm of metaphor.”

— Miles Unger

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