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Lot 361

Binder, Erwin. Nebula 2. (1934-1993) Veteran of the United States Air Force, Binder learned to work with metal and stone and elements of design as an employee at his family's jewelry business. With a passionate desire to develop those skills further, he enrolled at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and subsequently produced numerous monumental public sculptures throughout Southern California in the 1970s and 1980s. He was also deeply influenced by Mexican culture, most notably the surreal portrait work of José Clemente Orozco, when working with bronze, onyx and stone. Offered is here is a dramatic sculpture of banded onyx entitled Nebula 2. Only one of two carved in the early 80s, the sculpture is typical of Binder's lyrical, abstract style, which always maintained vestiges of figuration. Here, his sinuous, organic creation of a mother and child together as one in the universe, whether one interprets that as cocoon, a womb or even a shell. Striking yet calming, sculpture alone measures 16 x 23x 10" and appears to balance on a 15 x 18 x 4" marble base.
Sculpture is sold with a custom built 17 x 20 x 27" wood base. A very special piece by a most admired Los Angeles artist whose works can be seen in public spaces and collections throughout Southern California. Estimate Value $2,000 - 3,500


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