About this artwork
Joining an unusually large group of women—including Natalia Gontcharova, Liubov Popova, Olga Rozanova, Varvara Stepanova, and Nadezhda Udaltsova—Alexandra Exter played a vital role in the development of Russian avant-garde art. Never affiliated with a particular movement, her work was nonetheless extremely influential.
With great wit and ingenuity, Exter drew upon many of the most revolutionary developments in early 20th-century art: the widespread fascination with machines and mechanical beings; the use of unorthodox materials; the trend toward geometric abstraction; and the expanded definition of art that includes previously neglected traditions, such as non-Western, folk, and the applied arts.
- Alexandra Exter
- Cardboard, fabric, wood, glass, and string
- h. 20 in. (50.8 cm)
- Block, Serlin and Saidenberg Fund; through prior gifts of Mr. and Mrs. Carter H. Harrison, Arthur Keating, Albert Kunstadter Family Foundation