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Royden Rabinowitch, b.1943

Barrel Construction (for Declan McGonagle)1963

Royden Rabinowitch has said that his drawings and sculptural works are “a kind of choreography for the eyes and the body respectively.” His reputation as one of the most important sculptors of our time spread internationally from Canada in the 1960s.
His ‘Barrel Constructions’ are linked to the writings of James Joyce, and the artist correlates the works to the fractured narrative of ‘Ulysses’ in particular. The whole of the barrel is broken into parts and then re-assembled, balance being tantamount to the success of the finished construction.

MediumOak wood barel head and staves
Dimensions 89 x 54 x 15 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donated, 2001
Item NumberIMMA.1576
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Royden Rabinowitch, Barrel Construction (for Declan McGonagle), 1963, Oak wood barel head and staves, 89 x 54 x 15 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donated, 2001

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Royden Rabinowitch b.1943

Canadian sculptor Royden Rabinowitch (born 1943) began his career in London, Ontario, during the 1960s (as did his twin brother David Rabinowitch) and moved to New York in the 1970s. Although Rabinowitch's early work showed characteristics of minimalism, his nonfigurative sculptural works explore what he considers the contradiction between scientific reality and the realms of sensual and physical experience. His work is represented in public and private collections worldwide, including IMMA, the National Gallery of Canada, Stedelijk Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and the Watari Museum in Tokyo. Rabinowitch lives in Ghent, Belgium.
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