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Lot 275: Simon Toparovsky

Lot 275: Simon Toparovsky

Study for Leaning Crucifix

Cast patinated bronze
#1 of 2 unnumbered Artist's Proofs aside from the edition of 6


26.125" (28" with base) x 15" x 5"


This edition is based on studies for a life-sized crucifix commissioned by a private patron in Milan, Italy in 2002. 

Provenance: The Estate of Eudorah Moore, Pasadena, California

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,750
Inventory Id: 12275

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Through her pioneering work for the Pasadena Art Museum (now the Norton Simon Museum), Eudorah Moore (1918-2013) organized groundbreaking exhibitions that introduced the world to California design. Her legacy began when she founded the Pasadena Art Alliance in 1954 where she soon became an instrumental figure in the arts and crafts community. She served as the curator and director of the California Design Programs of the Pasadena Art Museum, and was also the design curator from 1962-1977. Moore invited artists from every field of arts, crafts, and design, often incorporating recreational and outdoor activities such as playground sets and skateboards with Southern California's best art and design. The resulting exhibitions presented the textiles, tapestries, pottery, and furniture that comprised a distinctly Californian lifestyle. "She is one of the most important people in the history of California design," said Bill Stern, executive director of the Museum of California Design. "What was really extraordinary is that she had the ability to recognize what was important at the time it was being made." From 1978-1981, Moore served as the visual arts coordinator for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Nelson, Valerie J. "Eudorah Moore dies at 94; early ambassador for California design." Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2013. Web. 4 Apr. 2014.