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Sorel Etrog

Sorel Etrog,CM (August 29, 1933 – February 26, 2014) was a Romanian-born Israeli-Canadian artist, writer, and philosopher best known for his work as a sculptor. He specialised in modern art works and contemporary sculpture. Etrog's works explore his first-hand experience of the Second World War; the renewal of sculptural traditions in modern art, such as the use of bronze as a medium; and the opposition between the mechanical and the organic. One of Canada's leading artists in the 1960s, Etrog contributed to the country's growing interest in sculpture.

Sorel Etrog
Born(1933-08-29)August 29, 1933
DiedFebruary 26, 2014(2014-02-26) (aged 80)
NationalityCanadian
EducationInstitute of Painting and Sculpture, Tel Aviv; Brooklyn Museum of Art
Known for
  • Sculpture
  • painting
  • writing
  • book illustration
Notable work
Designer of award for the Canadian Film Awards
Spouse(s)Lika Behar (married 1967)
AwardsOrder of Canada, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

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Born in Iaşi, Romania, in 1933, Etrog's formal art training began in 1945. In 1950, his family immigrated to Israel, where beginning in 1953 he studied at the Institute of Painting and Sculpture in Tel Aviv. His first solo exhibition in Tel Aviv in 1958 earned him a scholarship at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York City (1958-1963). In 1959, a meeting with Toronto art collector Samuel Zacks led to Etrog's first Canadian solo exhibition, at Gallery Moos in Toronto. Leaving New York for Toronto in 1963, Etrog became a Canadian citizen. After moving to Florence in 1965, he began casting his sculptures at the Michelucci Foundry, in Pistoia, and would continue to do so for the rest of his career. During this time, Etrog frequently visited his family in Israel. On one of his trips he met his future wife, Lika Behar, a fashion designer, who moved to Florence to live with him. However, a car accident that left Etrog badly injured led him and Behar to leave Florence in 1967 and move to Toronto, where they married.

Since the late 1950s, Etrog's work has been exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions across Canada and internationally.

Etrog's work is represented in major capitals and cities all over the world. He received several important commissions, including those for Expo 67, Montreal; SunLife Centre, Toronto; Windsor Sculpture Garden, Windsor, Ontario; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea. His commission for the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, entitled Powersoul, is his largest work. In 1966, works by Etrog, along with those of Alex Colville and Yves Gaucher, represented Canada at the Venice Biennale. In 1968 Etrog was commissioned to design the Canadian Film Award that was originally named the "Etrog" and later renamed the "Genie".

Etrog is also known for his writings and published plays, poetry and non-fiction. Of his many collaborations, the most acclaimed are his book illustrations for Eugène Ionesco and Samuel Beckett in the late 1960s. Etrog and Marshall McLuhan collaborated on the publication Spiral, drawn from Etrog's film of the same title which was broadcast on CBC television in 1975.

Numerous reviews, articles, monographs and catalogue texts have been written about Etrog, including Pierre Restany’s comprehensive textbook published by Prestel 2001. A major exhibition of Etrog's paintings and drawings of the 1960s was exhibited in March 2008 at Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver. The Art Gallery of Ontario presented a major retrospective of Etrog's work in 2013, which coincided with his eightieth birthday.

Sorel Etrog died on February 26, 2014, aged 80. Since his death, Sorel Etrog's legacy and collection are officially managed by The Estate of Sorel Etrog. The Jay & Barbara Hennick Family Wellness Centre at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, includes close to 100 artworks by Sorel Etrog as part of its health and well-being intervention program.

  • Sorel Etrog's Complexes of a young lady (1960/62)

  • Sorel Etrog's sculpture in Odette Sculpture Park Windsor Canada.

  • Sorel Etrog's sculpture Flight was commissioned by the Pavilion of Canada, Expo 67, and is now part of the Bank of Canada collection.

  • Sorel Etrog's sculpture Flight was commissioned by the Pavilion of Canada, Expo 67, and is now part of the Bank of Canada collection.

  • Sorel Etrog's The Hand in Toronto (1972)

  1. Mikulinsky, Alma (2020). "Sorel Etrog: Life & Work". Art Canada Institute. RetrievedSeptember 11, 2020.
  2. Bradfield, Helen (1970). Art Gallery of Ontario: the Canadian Collection. Toronto: McGraw Hill. ISBN 0070925046. Retrieved2021-03-31.
  3. Hargittay, Clara (4 March 2014). "Sorel Etrog". The Canadian Encyclopedia (online ed.). Historica Canada.
  4. "Past Canadian Exhibitions". National Gallery of Canada at the Venice Biennale. National Gallery of Canada. Archived from the original on 13 October 2013. Retrieved12 October 2013.
  5. "Sorel Etrog, towering figure in Canadian Modern art, dies at 80". The Toronto Star.
  6. "The official web site of The Estate of Sorel Etrog".
  7. "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Retrieved11 September 2013.
  • Belton, Robert (1996). "Etrog, Sorel". In Jane Turner (ed.). The Dictionary of Art. 10. London: Macmillan. p. 582. ISBN 1-884446-00-0.
  • Etrog, Sorel; Pierre Restany (2001). Sorel Etrog. London: Prestel. ISBN 3-7913-2499-3.
  • Mikulinsky, Alma. Sorel Etrog: Life & Work. Toronto: Art Canada Institute, 2020. ISBN 9781487102227.
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Sorel Etrog Language Watch Edit Sorel Etrog CM August 29 1933 February 26 2014 was a Romanian born Israeli Canadian artist writer and philosopher best known for his work as a sculptor He specialised in modern art works and contemporary sculpture Etrog s works explore his first hand experience of the Second World War the renewal of sculptural traditions in modern art such as the use of bronze as a medium and the opposition between the mechanical and the organic 1 One of Canada s leading artists in the 1960s Etrog contributed to the country s growing interest in sculpture 1 Sorel EtrogBorn 1933 08 29 August 29 1933 Iasi Kingdom of RomaniaDiedFebruary 26 2014 2014 02 26 aged 80 Toronto Ontario CanadaNationalityCanadianEducationInstitute of Painting and Sculpture Tel Aviv Brooklyn Museum of ArtKnown forSculpturepaintingwritingbook illustrationNotable workDesigner of award for the Canadian Film AwardsSpouse s Lika Behar married 1967 AwardsOrder of Canada Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Contents 1 Life 2 Career 3 Death and legacy 4 Works 5 Honours 6 References 7 Bibliography 8 External linksLife EditBorn in Iasi Romania in 1933 Etrog s formal art training began in 1945 In 1950 his family immigrated to Israel where beginning in 1953 he studied at the Institute of Painting and Sculpture in Tel Aviv His first solo exhibition in Tel Aviv in 1958 earned him a scholarship at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York City 1958 1963 2 In 1959 a meeting with Toronto art collector Samuel Zacks led to Etrog s first Canadian solo exhibition at Gallery Moos in Toronto Leaving New York for Toronto in 1963 Etrog became a Canadian citizen 3 After moving to Florence in 1965 he began casting his sculptures at the Michelucci Foundry in Pistoia and would continue to do so for the rest of his career During this time Etrog frequently visited his family in Israel On one of his trips he met his future wife Lika Behar a fashion designer who moved to Florence to live with him However a car accident that left Etrog badly injured led him and Behar to leave Florence in 1967 and move to Toronto where they married 1 Career EditSince the late 1950s Etrog s work has been exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions across Canada and internationally Etrog s work is represented in major capitals and cities all over the world He received several important commissions including those for Expo 67 Montreal SunLife Centre Toronto Windsor Sculpture Garden Windsor Ontario Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Olympic Park in Seoul South Korea His commission for the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul entitled Powersoul is his largest work 1 In 1966 works by Etrog along with those of Alex Colville and Yves Gaucher represented Canada at the Venice Biennale 4 In 1968 Etrog was commissioned to design the Canadian Film Award that was originally named the Etrog and later renamed the Genie Etrog is also known for his writings and published plays poetry and non fiction Of his many collaborations the most acclaimed are his book illustrations for Eugene Ionesco and Samuel Beckett in the late 1960s Etrog and Marshall McLuhan collaborated on the publication Spiral drawn from Etrog s film of the same title which was broadcast on CBC television in 1975 Numerous reviews articles monographs and catalogue texts have been written about Etrog including Pierre Restany s comprehensive textbook published by Prestel 2001 A major exhibition of Etrog s paintings and drawings of the 1960s was exhibited in March 2008 at Buschlen Mowatt Gallery Vancouver The Art Gallery of Ontario presented a major retrospective of Etrog s work in 2013 which coincided with his eightieth birthday 1 Death and legacy EditSorel Etrog died on February 26 2014 aged 80 5 Since his death Sorel Etrog s legacy and collection are officially managed by The Estate of Sorel Etrog 6 The Jay amp Barbara Hennick Family Wellness Centre at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto Ontario Canada includes close to 100 artworks by Sorel Etrog as part of its health and well being intervention program Works Edit Sorel Etrog s Complexes of a young lady 1960 62 Sorel Etrog s sculpture in Odette Sculpture Park Windsor Canada Sorel Etrog s sculpture Flight was commissioned by the Pavilion of Canada Expo 67 and is now part of the Bank of Canada collection Sorel Etrog s sculpture Flight was commissioned by the Pavilion of Canada Expo 67 and is now part of the Bank of Canada collection Sorel Etrog s The Hand in Toronto 1972 Honours EditMember of the Order of Canada 1994 Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Government of France 1996 Royal Canadian Academy of Arts 7 References Edit a b c d e Mikulinsky Alma 2020 Sorel Etrog Life amp Work Art Canada Institute Retrieved September 11 2020 Bradfield Helen 1970 Art Gallery of Ontario the Canadian Collection Toronto McGraw Hill ISBN 0070925046 Retrieved 2021 03 31 Hargittay Clara 4 March 2014 Sorel Etrog The Canadian Encyclopedia online ed Historica Canada Past Canadian Exhibitions National Gallery of Canada at the Venice Biennale National Gallery of Canada Archived from the original on 13 October 2013 Retrieved 12 October 2013 Sorel Etrog towering figure in Canadian Modern art dies at 80 The Toronto Star The official web site of The Estate of Sorel Etrog Members since 1880 Royal Canadian Academy of Arts Retrieved 11 September 2013 Bibliography EditBelton Robert 1996 Etrog Sorel In Jane Turner ed The Dictionary of Art 10 London Macmillan p 582 ISBN 1 884446 00 0 Etrog Sorel Pierre Restany 2001 Sorel Etrog London Prestel ISBN 3 7913 2499 3 Mikulinsky Alma Sorel Etrog Life amp Work Toronto Art Canada Institute 2020 ISBN 9781487102227 External links EditWikimedia Commons has media related to Sorel Etrog The official web site of The Estate of Sorel Etrog Meeting of the Minds by Dr Alma Mikulinsky published online by the Art Canada Institute Sorel Etrog at IMDb Sorel Etrog at Gallery Moos Toronto Etrog Artnet Sorel Etrog at the Tate Gallery 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