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Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

BRUTALIST STYLE

The term brutalism — which derives from the French word brut, meaning “raw” — was coined to describe an architectural style that emerged in the 1950s featuring monumental buildings, usually made of unornamented concrete, whose design was meant to project an air of strength and solidity. Le Corbusier essentially created the brutalist style; its best-known iterations in the United States are the Marcel Breuer–designed Whitney Museum of American Art and Paul Rudolph's Yale Art and Architecture Building.

Lately, the word “brutalist” has been adopted by the realms of furniture design and the decorative arts to refer to cabinets, tables, and accessory pieces such as mirror frames and lighting that are made of rougher, deeply textured metals and other materials that are the visual and palpable antithesis of the sleek, smooth and suave. Brutalist design encompasses that which is crafted, hewn and worked by hand — an aesthetic rebuke (or, at least, a counterpoint) to furniture that is created using 21st-century materials and technology.

Paul Evans is Exhibit A for brutalist design. His Sculpture Front cabinets laced with high-relief patinated steel mounts have become collector's items nonpareil, while the chairs and tables in his later Cityscape series and Sculpted Bronze series are perhaps the most expressive, attention-grabbing pieces in modern American design. Other exemplars of brutalist design are Silas Seandel, the idiosyncratic New York furniture designer and sculptor whose works in metal — in particular his tables — have a kind of brawny lyricism, and Curtis Jere, a nom-de-trade for the California team of Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels, the bold makers of expressive scorched and sheared copper and brass mirror frames and wall-mounted sculptures.

The names of other brutalist designers are, so far, unknown to history. The authentic brutalist furniture and sculptures on 1stDibs lend unique, eccentric, human notes to an art and design collection.

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Style: Brutalist
Brutalist Abstract Female Nude Sculpture by Austin Productions
Located in Delray Beach, FL
American Brutalist abstract female nude sculpture made by Austin Productions. The piece dates from the 1970s and is in great vintage condition with some minor age-appropriate wear to...
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1970s North American Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Resin, Wood

Urban, StudioManda, Table Lamp, Staples, Concrete, Limited Edition, Lebanon 2014
Located in Beirut, LB
Urban, Georges Mohasseb Design, 2014 Inspired by the city nightscape, Urban is a table lamp, built from a combination of industrial materials as a tribute to what defines the cities ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Lebanese Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Concrete, Metal

Brutalist Modern "Four Figures" Bronze Sculpture
Located in New York, NY
Brutalist modern bronze sculpture, depicting four interconnected figures huddled together. 7.75" H x 7" W x 3.75" D.
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20th Century Unknown Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Bronze

Richard Bitterman Brutalist Bud Vase or Sculpture
By Richard Batterham
Located in Buffalo, NY
Handcrafted Brutalist bud vase or sculpture, 1960s, brass, stee. Plastic test tube, signed R. Bitterman.
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1960s American Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Brass, Steel

Zanthus Monumental Brutalist Sculpture by Cliff Page
Located in Garnerville, NY
Titled "Zanthus" (Xanthus) by American sculptor, Cliff Page. Zanthus from Greek mythology meaning golden hair or the ancient city in Lycia. Executed circa 1972, the media consists of...
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1970s American Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Steel

Contemporary Silver Hanger in Aluminium Cast
Located in Sao Paulo, BR
Produced in São Paulo, Brazil. This contemporary Hanger was meticulously handmade by master artisans one piece at a time. It is therefore quite difficult, if not impossible to mak...
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2010s Brazilian Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Aluminum

Handmade Sculptural Iron, Copper, Bronze 4 Piece Railings, by Larry Griffis Sr.
Located in Buffalo, NY
Handmade sculptural iron, copper, bronze 4 piece railings, by Larry Griffis Jr. Stunning artistic railings originally commissioned for downtown Buffalo New York restaurant. My guess ...
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1970s American Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Bronze, Copper, Iron

Modernist Ceramic Sculpture by Judy Engel
Located in New York, NY
Tall modernist glazed ceramic sculpture by artist Judy Engel of upstate New York.
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2010s American Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Ceramic

Bronze Brutalist Abstract Sculpture by Achilleas Apergis
Located in Montreal, QC
Bronze Brutalist abstract sculpture by Achilleas Apergis. Signed: "Apergis" Direz Dogana Padova".
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1960s Greek Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Bronze

Mid Century Brutalist Modern Abstract Wall Sculpture by Finesse Originals
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fun to look at piece of 3D wall created by Finesse Originals in the 1960's. It consists of a wood frame and the sculpture part is molded resin.
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1960s American Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Resin, Wood

Italian Design Contemporary Pair of Brutalist Cast Bronze Double Lit Lamps
Located in New York, NY
This exclusive pair of Italian sculpture custom design lamps, handcrafted for Cosulich Interiors & Antiques, presents a very interesting Brutalist cast bronze base and sail-shaped fr...
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2010s Italian Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Brass, Bronze

Torch Cut and Welded Steel Brutalist Bull Sculpture
Located in Ferndale, MI
Well executed minimal and brutalist torch cut sheetmetal on round stock welded steel frame.
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Mid-20th Century American Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Steel, Sheet Metal

Antique Brutalist Stone Chimney Set
Located in Antwerp, BE
Brutalist; Stone chimney; Antique; Craftmanship This rare find has a historical quality to it. What once was a set of chimneys in a house one can only imagine becomes a sculptural...
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Early 19th Century European Antique Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Metal

Willy Guhl Eternit Planters
Located in Antwerp, BE
Brutalist and minimalist planters, Willy Guhl, Switzerland, 1960s 9 similar size rectangular planters are available + 1 larger + 1 extra large Willy Guhl was a pioneering Swi...
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1960s Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Concrete

African Walnut Arno Declercq Triple Tray 2.0
Located in Antwerp, BE
Arno Declercq, Belgian design, handcrafted Made in African walnut, sanded and finished with varnish. Measures: 30 cm wide x 28 cm long x 19cm high / 11,8” wide x 11” long x 7,5” ...
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2010s Belgian Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Walnut

Large Accolay Brutalist Ceramic
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Amazing zoomorphic ceramic by Accolay, signed under the base.
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Mid-20th Century French Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Monumental Abstract Brutalist Steel Floor Sculpture or Room Divider Screen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A massive brutalist sculpture from the Paul Evans & Harry Bertoia Era circa 1970's. It consists of welded steel construction with some brass and bronze overlays. Originally this had ...
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1970s American Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Steel

Huge Japanese Ikebana Slab Vase 1980s
Located in Melbourne, AU
If you're looking for Ikebana pottery on a grand scale, this is your vase. A traditional slab construction but with a 1980s twist, this magnificent terracotta earthenware vessel is m...
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1980s Japanese Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Earthenware

Italian Design Contemporary Pair of Brutalist Cast Bronze Sculpture Wall Lights
Located in New York, NY
Three pairs available, Italian pair of custom design sconces, lighted abstract sculptures entirely cast in bronze, presenting a very interesting Brutalist shield-shape front plaque e...
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2010s Italian Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Brass, Bronze

'Goldstein II' Reinforced Concrete One-Off Artwork/Table by Littlewhitehead
Located in London, GB
Irregular shape inspired by the stepping stones of the Sheats Goldstein, Los Angeles residence. Inspired by the topography of post-industrial Glasgow, littlewhitehead make landsc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Scottish Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Concrete

'Hashima' Reinforced Concrete Table, One of a Kind Artwork by Littlewhitehead
Located in London, GB
Wood relief textures inspired by the formwork of Hashima City Hall Inspired by the topography of post-Industrial Glasgow, littlewhitehead make landscapes composed of handmade scul...
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21st Century and Contemporary Scottish Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Concrete

Brutalist Terra Cotta Lamp
Located in Pasadena, CA
This is a stunning mid-century Brutalist artist-made terra cotta lamp. The long-necked spiked bulbous base is monumental in size and a show-stopper. The lamp measures an impressive 4...
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Mid-20th Century North American Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Terracotta

Salvino Marsura Umbrella Stand Racket Brutalist Sculpture in Iron, Italy, 1960s
Located in Rome, IT
Brutalist style umbrella stand and sculpture in wrought iron, handmade by the Italian artist Salvino Marsura - circa 1960.
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1960s Italian Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Iron, Wrought Iron

James Bearden Trio of Brutalist Giraffe Sculptures "Animal Series"
Located in Dallas, TX
Amazing family of three large scale Giraffe sculptures by renowned Iowa abstract artist James Anthony Bearden. From his Animal Series, The large Giraffe measures 72"H x 16D x 9"W, th...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Brass, Copper, Enamel

Paul Evans Sculpted Bronze Stalagmite Coffee Table, Signed and Dated 1979
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A stunning brutalist Paul Evans PE-128 coffee table which was part of the "Sculptured Metal Collection" for Directional. This dramatic cocktail table is comprised of a dark patinated...
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1970s American Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Bronze, Steel

Abstract Ribbon Sculpture Lamp by Harry Balmer for Laurel, Circa 1960
Located in Rochester, NY
Large sculptural abstract patinated metal ribbon lamp by Harry Balmer for Laurel in great all original condition. Circa 1960. Measures 56" H to top of finial / 36" H to top of metal ...
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Mid-20th Century American Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Metal

Brutalist Sculpture by Morris Brose
By Morris Brose
Located in New York, NY
Bronze with oak base. Artist signed and dated on bronze base.
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1960s American Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

Brutalist Mid-Century Modern Hand-Carved Solid Wood Sculpture “TWINS" 1970s
Located in AMSTERDAM, NH
Powerful Brutalist sculpture with an interesting contrast between the smooth front and the untouched rough back. carved out of a solid piece of wood. Very decorative item with and ...
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1970s European Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Wood

A Curtis Jere Style Abstract Brutalist Copper Wall Sculpture
Located in New York, NY
A midcentury abstract ‘Brutalist’ wall sculpture, in the style of Curtis Jere, composed of various sized copper rectangles. Good condition consistent with age, some patina to the cop...
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Mid-20th Century Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Copper

Brancusi Inspired Abstract Male Torso Bronze Sculpture on Marble Base
By Brancusi, Rene Brancusi
Located in Houston, TX
Large Brutalist male torso abstract bronze sculpture on a marble base in the manner of Brancusi. This mid-century figural male torso sculpture is finely detailed and dates to the mid...
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1960s Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

John De La Rosa Brutalist Sculpture
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful large Brutalist sculpture by John De La Rosa.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Iron

William Friedle Vintage Brutalist Metal Sculpture
Located in San Antonio, TX
Signed vintage mid-century brutalist metal art sculpture by William Friedle, circa 1960s. William worked with his brother, Bruce Friedle creating unique works of metal art in New Yor...
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Mid-20th Century Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Metal

Vintage Mid-Century Brutalist Lucite Freeform Sculpture
Located in San Diego, CA
A sculptural interpretation of an organic shape that is enigmatic, poised and unpredictable. A study in form, this vintage lucite piece dates to the early 1960s. In essence it is min...
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1960s American Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Lucite

Abstract Sculpture in Belgian Limestone with Stippling Detail
Located in London, GB
A hand carved abstract sculpture in Belgian black limestone, attributed to the late sculptor Michel Hoppe. The freeform piece features textural stippled detail and carved plinth. ...
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1980s Belgian Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Limestone

Abstract Granite Bird Sculpture on Sandstone Plinth
Located in London, GB
An impressive 65cm in height, this abstract bird sculpture is carved from a speckled granite and is mounted on a contrasting stone base in pale ochre tones. The bird is in impecca...
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1990s British Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Granite, Sandstone

Mid-20th Century Brutalist Iron Hanukkah Lamp Menorah by David Palombo
Located in New York, NY
Large, hand forged, iron Hanukkah lamp Menorah in the style known as “Brutalism”, David Palombo, Jerusalem, Israel, circa 1960. David Palombo (1920-1966), was a sculptor and painter...
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Mid-20th Century Israeli Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Iron

Monumental Brutalist Wall Sculpture of Patinated Metal Inspired by Silas Seandel
By Curtis Jere, Tony Melendy, Silas Seandel
Located in Houston, TX
Fabulous large Brutalist abstract wall sculpture of patinated metal in the manner of Silas Seandel/Curtis Jere/Tony Melendy. This fabulous Mid-Century Modern sculpture dates to the 1...
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1970s Unknown Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Iron

20th Century Post Modern Wooden Totem Sculpture by Bertrand Creach
Located in London, GB
Impressive teak wooden totem sculpture by Bertrand Creach, hand-carved and burnished finition made in the late 20th Century. "Kloc'hdi" is a master piece among the body of work of th...
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Late 20th Century French Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Wood, Teak

Brutalist Modern Metal Tabletop Spike Sculpture
Located in New York, NY
Brutalist modern metal tabletop sculpture with a set of rough metal spikes set in a composite base. The base is signed 'Matias' on the back. In great vintage condition with age-appro...
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1970s American Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Brutalist Railroad Spikes Sculpture
Located in Vero Beach, FL
Mid-Century Modern Brutalist railroad spikes sculpture. This very unique sculpture is made from reclaimed vintage railroad spikes. It is fashioned with welded steel spikes into a ru...
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Mid-20th Century Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Steel

Signed Brutalist Torch Cut Metal Wall Sculpture
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Gaze into the handmade beauty of this metal paisley nebula. This substantial, striking, Mid-Century Modern raindrop wall sculpture is signed "Filarchi" (or some similar variation) bu...
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1970s American Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Metal, Brass

1960's Italian Brutalist Steel Abstract Sculpture
Located in Firenze, IT
Brutalist steel abstract sculpture, perfect condition and vintage patina, Italy 1960's circa.
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1960s Italian Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Steel

Brutalist Abstract Nail Sculpture in the Style of Harry Bertoia
Located in Dallas, TX
Brutalist Abstract Nail sculpture comprised of hundreds of hand welded flat nails with a rusticated patina. Would be great as a fireplace screen, in a window sil, or on a credenza.
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Mid-20th Century American Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Steel

Mid Century Brutalist Sculpture
Located in Atlanta, GA
Mid Century brutalist sculpture, probably American, circa 1960s. We are not sure who created this work, as it is unsigned, but they did wonderful work, giving the sculpture a sense o...
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1960s American Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Metal, Iron

Italian Vintage Brutalist Sculpture in Wrought Iron and Wood
Located in Milano, IT
Gorgeous vintage Italian abstract Brutalist sculpture in wrought iron and wood, taken from a private house in Milan, in the 1950s, by unknown artist. Brutalist sculpture is composed...
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1950s Italian Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Wrought Iron

"Terina" Abstract Bronze Sculpture by Bruce Beasley
By Bruce Beasley
Located in Palm Desert, CA
This striking sculpture by Bruce Beasley stands on an Absolute Black Granite base. Bronze shaped obelisks support the bottom of the sculpture and hold up multiple hexagonal pieces co...
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1980s American Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Bronze

Abstract Bronze Figure titled "Fruit Picker" by Gurdon Woods S F, Bohemian Club
By Gurdon Woods
Located in San Francisco, CA
Abstract bronze figure titled " Fruit Picker " by Gurdon Woods, S F, Bohemian Club. Bearing a Bohemian Club label, Post and Taylor, S F, on the wooden bottom listing the artist's nam...
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Mid-20th Century American Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Bronze

Table Top Torch Cut and Welded Brutalist Skeleton Sphere Sculpture
Located in Ferndale, MI
Skeleton steel sphere. Comprised of varying sizes of round stock steel and sheet brass welded together. Presents a Primitive folk Brutalist quality.
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Mid-20th Century American Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Steel, Sheet Metal

Rivka Eliav Brutalist Copper, Enamel and Stainless Steel Wall Panel 1960s
Located in Melbourne, AU
Brutalist enamel and copper wall panel by highly regarded Israeli artist, Rivka Eliav. This work dates to the 1960s. Eliav explores the ancient and new, through abstractions of a...
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1970s Israeli Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Copper, Enamel, Stainless Steel

Big Brutalist Terracotta Sculpture Stamped NAGA
Located in Brussels, BE
Fine Brutalist hand made terracotta Sculpture. Hollow structure, red color. Stamped NAGA. Inspired by Alexander Calder "the waves." Around 2008.
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Early 2000s Italian Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Terracotta

Large Modern Brutalist Bronze Iron Sculpture 21st Century Signed
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Large bronze iron Brutalist style modern sculpture by Oklahoma City artist Basil Martin, circa 2001. Beautifully crafted and can be displayed at any angle. We love the angle as shown...
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Early 2000s American Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Bronze, Iron

Pia Manu Brutalist Illuminated Wall Sculpture in Steel & Red Stained Glass 1970s
Located in Dallas, TX
Monumental one of a kind Brutalist wall sculpture in steel and red slag glass designed by Jules De Waele for Pia Manu Studio. Executed in the 1970s for a private commission in Belgi...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Steel

Danish Brutalist Scrap Iron Sculpture in the Style of Robert Jacobsen, 1970s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
In the style of the Danish Scrap Iron Sculptor Robert Jacobsen (1912-1993) comes this raw, dark and welded sculptural composition made from scrap iron. In front view it almost look l...
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1970s Danish Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Iron

Bronze Wall Painting Sculptures by Esa Fedrigolli Italy 1985 Signed Numbered
Located in Chicago, IL
Italian artist Esa Fedrigolli signed, dated and numbered bronze, copper and enamel wall sculpture/paintings. Each sculpture/painting is composed of a veritable bronze composition of ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Bronze

Large Cast Bronze Brutalist Sculpture
Located in London, GB
A large, likely Italian 60s cast bronze sculpture on custom made stand. Clever and unusual “chain link” design.
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1960s Italian Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Bronze, Steel

Mid Century Brutalist Modern Abstract Brass Wall Sculpture Signed Monk
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A sleek modern brutalist wall sculpture circa 1960's. Well constructed and designed, signed Monk.
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1960s American Vintage Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

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Brass, Steel

Wall Sculpture by Marco Tulio
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
"Organika", wire wall sculpture by Mexican artist Marco Tulio.
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2010s Mexican Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Wire

Abstract Brutalist Wall Sculpture Signed S XX
Located in Benalmadena, ES
Fantastic and very interesting brutalist work made of various metals as a framed mural.
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Late 20th Century European Brutalist Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Metal

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