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Robot

A work made of cardboard, fabric, wood, glass, and string.

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  • A work made of cardboard, fabric, wood, glass, and string.

Date:

1926

Artist:

Alexandra Exter
Russian, born Belostok (now Bialystok, Poland), 1882–1949

About this artwork

A pioneering figure in the Russian avant-garde, Polish-born Alexandra Exter was a painter and designer active in Moscow and Kiev before settling in Paris in 1924 to teach painting and design at Fernand Léger’s Académie Moderne. In her diverse body of work, Exter drew on Cubist, Futurist, and Constructivist forms to dynamic and experimental ends. Robot is one of a series of marionettes the artist made in 1926 for an unrealized film. Her inventive figurines draw on some of the most revolutionary developments in the 20th century, including mechanization, unexpected art materials, assemblage and collage, and abstraction. Robot shows Exter’s great wit and ingenuity: to make the robot’s head and torso, she used glass where the face would normally appear to play on the faculties of sight and made an accordion of cardboard cubes at the chest to suggest the act of breathing.

On View

Modern Art, Gallery 393

Artist

Alexandra Exter

Title

Robot

Origin

Russia

Date

1926

Medium

Cardboard, fabric, wood, glass, and string

Inscriptions

none

Dimensions

h. 20 in. (50.8 cm)

Credit Line

Block, Serlin and Saidenberg Fund; through prior gifts of Mr. and Mrs. Carter H. Harrison, Arthur Keating, Albert Kunstadter Family Foundation

Reference Number

1990.133

Extended information about this artwork

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