ABSTRACT MARRIAGE: Sculptures by Ilya Schor and Resia Schor


PAAM 2013 exhibition catalogue

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Ilya and Resia Schor made their names as goldsmiths, crafters of jewelry and Judaica. But the couple, who studied at the Academy of Fine Arts  in Warsaw in the 1930s  and migrated first to France, and in 1941 to New York, also created abstract art. Ilya’s inward-turning sculptures and Resia’s brazen wall reliefs are the subject of Abstract Marriage: Sculpture by Ilya Schor and Resia Schor, curated by their daughter, painter and critic Mira Schor, at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.

“The odd, fascinating show implicitly addresses schisms in the New York cultural world in the mid-20th century: between art and craft, between explicit expressions of Jewish faith and the tendency of many artists to omit references to their Jewish identity in art, for fear of anti-Semitism. The Schors straddled these gulfs.”

— Excerpt  from the Boston Globe review by Cate McQuaid  (9/3/2013)