About This Artwork

Ivan Albright
American, 1897–1983

Head of Adam Emory Albright (Head of My Father), 1935 (cast 1952)

h. 37.5 cm (14 3/4 in.)
Signed on back of neck: Ivan Albright

Mary and Earle Ludgin Collection, 1982.1838

© The Art Institute of Chicago.

Known for his paintings, Ivan Albright also created several sculptures, which reveal that his quest to explore man’s mortality through the use of highly expressive surfaces was not limited to two dimensions. Albright’s haunting portrayal of his father powerfully conveys a sense of the artist’s fingers as they molded the planes of the face, creating an almost grotesque physicality of form. He also left the head incomplete, heightening the dramatic effect of the sculpture. According to Albright, his father—an artist known for his Impressionist style—was infuriated by the unconventional portrait, which only pleased his boldly nonconformist son.

— Permanent collection label

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Art Institute of Chicago, "Ivan Albright: Magic Realist," February 20-May 11, 1997; traveled to New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, June 10-September 7, 1997.

Art Institute of Chicago, "The Modern Series: Shatter Rupture Break," February 15-May 3, 2015, no cat.

Interpretive Resources

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