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Untitled (Kneeling Figure)
Sculpture

1991
40 x 18 x 25 in. (101.6 x 45.72 x 63.5 cm)

Manuel Neri (Sanger, California, 1930 – 2021, Sacramento, California)

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Bronze with oil-based enamel paint
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds contributed by Tom and Polly Bredt
Accession Number: 2005.06

Exhibition
Our whole, unruly selves, November 19, 2021 - June 25, 2022, North, South and Central Skylight Galleries, San José Museum of Art.

Juicy Paint
, December 22, 2009 -May 30, 2010, New Wing, Second Floor, South Metro A Gallery, San José Museum of Art.

New Year, New Gifts, December 16, 2006 – May 20, 2007, New Wing, Second Floor, North and South Metro A Galleries, San José Museum of Art.

SJMA Label Text
from the exhibition Juicy Paint, 2009-2010.

Manuel Neri began exploring new forms and materials in figurative sculpture and painting in the early 1950s in San Francisco. During this period, Neri's peers were likewise combining the Abstract Expressionist style with their renewed interest in the human figure. Neri began sculpting in "junk"—burlap, wire, cardboard—and soon turned to simple plaster. His naturally elegant, virtuoso style mixes with the raw materials and energy of California "funk" art to make an explosive combination. From the onset, Neri made violent marks on the "skin" of his figures and then added patches of bright colored paint. In his later cast-bronze sculptures, such as Untitled (Kneeling Figure), his use of the classic tradition of bronze sculpture expresses the timelessness of his forms while the painted surfaces conjure a sense of immediacy.

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