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Wanda Czelkowska’s Sculpture “Head” featured in Artspace’s list of “10 of the Best Artworks at Frieze 2016”

WANDA CZEKLOWSKA
Head (1964)
Broadway 1602 (New York)
Sculptures and drawings range from $10,000 to about $55,000 

Last September, when Broadway 1602’s Anke Kempkes traveled to Warsaw after curating a presentation of the artist Rosemarie Cartoro’s SoHo studio, the Warsaw scholar Ewa Opalka approached her and said she were building a foundation in the honor of another artist, Wanda Czeklowska, who was akin to Castoro. The dealer investigated further and discovered that the Polish artist, born in 1930, had been a friend of Alina Szapocznikow—a major artist for the gallery—in the ‘60s and was still alive and working on a series of extraordinary neo-primativist head sculptures that she had begun decades earlier, and which had become larger and more abstract over time.

Now “a very sharp and elegant old lady,” says Kempkes, if somewhat of a recluse, Czeklowska will have a major retrospective in Warsaw this November, to be followed by a solo show at Broadway 1602 (which is inaugurating its second Harlem gallery this week) in New York.

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