Gabriel Kohn (American, 1910-1975)
Pine wood 
22-1/4 x 22 x 19-1/2 in. (56.5 x 55.9 x 49.5 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, Anonymous Gift 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Museum 
Not on View

Gabriel Kohn was deeply interested in the spatial relationships between his sculpture and its surroundings, particularly with regard to scale. Often working on monumental projects, as Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth did, Kohn once stated that “one more step and [my sculpture] will be architecture.” Even on a smaller scale, the work of this Los Angeles–based artist interrupts and arranges the space around it, a reflection of the artist’s training as both a sculptor and an architect. Ventura XII, created while Kohn was working in his Ventura Boulevard studio, suggests a bulkiness completely different from the lightness and precision of the careful geometry of Azimuth, particularly as it teeters over a small self-base. Though they are both abstract and formally rigid, these works nonetheless announce their presence in their surrounding space in very different ways.


Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, sold 1960 to;
Mrs. Betty Freeman, Beverly Hills gift 1973 to;
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, 1973-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena.

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