Modern and Contemporary Art
Woman with a Fan
The collection of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art holds 34 works by Alexander Archipenko—paintings, sculpto-paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints—a unique group of works, most of them from 1908–1921.
Woman with Fan is the earliest of Archipenko’s surviving sculpto-paintings, combining diverse materials and objects in the then new and bold technique of assemblage. Burlap and linen are glued onto a wooden support; sheet metal and pieces of readymade objects such as a metal funnel, a wooden shelf and a glass bottle, whose materiality is disguised by paint, are affixed to it. Archipenko combined in this work concrete three-dimensionality, including real light and shade, with illusionary, painted voluminosity.