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The Grandmother of Europe: Ann Wolff


Ann Wolff
1937, Lubeck, Germany

Parallel to her works in glass, she finds her way and time which shares the intense emotional images and her sculptural forms are "expressive, intimate, lyrical and heroic".

Ann Wolff’s work explores the woman’s role in the household and feminist theory. Her work is both powerful and exquisite; in color or clear transparency it is both abstract and representational. She adroitly manipulates a single line or a single color to portray a face, chest and body. Wolff often uses both the positive and negative mold within a single piece as a means to express inner turmoil. Air bubbles in high concentration represent lives about to burst forth from a mother’s expectant body.

Ann Wolff is one of the most significant glass artists of the twentieth-century. Her works in glass, bronze, charcoal, pastel, and watercolor all share the same intense emotional images. Ann Wolff was born in 1937 in Lubeck, Germany. This time period in Germany was full of violence, grief and guilt. During this same year Picasso completed Guernica a deeply moving political work done in black and white that displays the horrors of war. Ann Wolff was influenced by Picasso's work and many of her triangular sculpted heads reflect this influence. Ann Wolff's sculptural forms are "expressive, intimate, lyrical and heroic". This retrospective will showcase her talents in all of these areas and will feature sixty works by the artist. This is the only venue in the United States to host her retrospective exhibition.

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