(Romanian-born Canadian, 1933–2014)
Sorel Etrog’s work spanned three continents and 60 years, and was marked by a unique visual vocabulary and interactions with many of the twentieth century's most distinguished theater professionals. His artistic career began in Tel Aviv after his family emigrated from Romania to Israel after World War II. He studied the fine arts at the Institute of Painting and Sculpture in Tel Aviv where he garnered his first solo exhibition, which in turn led to a scholarship at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
In New York he gained recognition for his work from his early solo shows among Canadian art dealers, which lead both to his Canadian citizenship and his role as one of the sculptors representing Canada at the 1966 Venice Biennale. An accomplished poet and writer as well as sculptor, Etrog collaborated with a number of prominent playwrights and authors as a writing partner and illustrator.
While he did create smaller, more personal art works, the majority of his artistic production was meant to be viewed in the public arena. The University of Chicago’s Mother and Child and Pulcinella II both draw on Etrog’s interest in the primitive and in its intersection with contemporary, mechanical visual references.
Written by Lauren Eames, BA/MA 2017