Saturday, May 07, 2016

Marisol Dies at 85

Marisol, “Women and Dog” (1963–64), on view in the
Whitney Museum exhibition ‘America Is Hard to See’
 (photo by Benjamin Sutton/Hyperallergic)

Marisol Escobar was a Venezuelan-born society sculptress known simply as Marisol. She died in New York City this week just three weeks shy of her 86th birthday. Marisol was a star of the New York art scene in the 1960s, breaking through with a 1962 solo show at the Stable Gallery that featured her bright, boxy sculptures of people representing a range of American life—everyone from the Kennedys to a dustbowl farm family to the artist herself.

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