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Totems and Deities: The Sculpture of Herb Alpert and Anita Huffington

Herb Alpert with one of his sculptures
Herb Alpert with one of his sculptures
(Photo by Philipp Scholz Ritterman)

Grammy award winning musician and composer Herb Alpert is also a a respected painter and sculptor. Alpert began painting in 1969 and he has experimented with a number of different styles and materials.  Alpert’s Black Totems series sculptures of were inspired the totem poles of the indigenous tribes of the Pacific Northwest. “The black totem sculptures” says Alpert “are pieces made of bronze with a black patina coating, that began life as 12 inch hand –sculpted clay forms. Gigantic–sized incarnations were then shaped by hand as well, before being molded and cast in bronze. Each piece takes as long as 3 months to complete.”

Three of Alpert’s tall black bronze totems, Spirit Totems, will be on exhibit in Dante Park January 25 – April 16, 2014.  “I spent time looking all over New York City for the ideal place for the “Spirit Totems”. I fell in love with Dante Park because it is an open thoroughfare where the sculptures are visible with a connection to jazz at Lincoln Center,” says Herb Alpert.

Herb Alpert with his sculptures
(Photos courtesy of ACA Galleries)

On January 16, 2014 the ACA Galleries, Chelsea, New York, will present 14 smaller bronze totems 3 – 4 feet tall, and bronze maquettes created by Herb Alpert. The ACA Galleries exhibit is titled “Totems and Deities” and is a joint exhibit with artist Anita Huffington. Anita Huffington was originally trained as a dancer under Merce Cunningham and Martha Graham. About her work she says, “My sculpture is usually based on the human form, primarily the female nude. I often carve torsos or fragments of the body, believing that the part can be as expressive as the whole.”

The exhibit closes on March l, 2014. Contact the gallery for more information.

Anita Huffington
(Photos courtesy of ACA Galleries)


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You might also want to check out Herb Alpert: Black Totems by Philipp Scholz Ritterman.

Related blog post:  Herb Alpert: “in•ter•course” Paintings and Sculptures (April 12, 2013)

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