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 George Allen Nama  (1939 - )

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania/New York      Known for: sculpture-allegory, prints, painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from the New York Times, April 6, 2001:

'Von Teufeln/Devils' -- Pageant' BYLINE: By GRACE GLUECK


Shepherd & DeRom Galleries
58 East 79th Street
Through May 5

To accompany 10 playful poems written in both German and English by the
pianist Alfred Brendel, the printmaker and sculptor George Nama has done a series of 10 etchings (published in a limited edition of 50 copies) and 10 small sculptures, activated by Mr. Brendel's theme of devils and the havoc they wreak.

The etchings have been worked up from gouache and charcoal sketches, some of which are also on view. Rather than depicting devils in their traditional form, the etchings are more abstract works that suggest, well, horns or the condition of hornedness.

In one depiction, two curling goatlike horns nestle close like needy puppies;
another, more ferocious image resembles a hand bristling with menacing thorny fingers. It accompanies a poem by Mr. Brendel to the effect that since the devil has decreed his own nonexistence, humans will henceforth have to advertise their own hell.

Nor do the 10 small bronzes wrought by Mr. Nama and patinated by him in
delicate shades of brown stray far from the theme. The horns they sprout seem more in the nature of claws or the tentacles of sea creatures, however, and one even looks like a fool's cap emanating tassels in the shape of horns. Shades of Max Ernst!

Having responded to Mr. Brendel's text, Mr. Nama's work has actually achieved a life of its own. The test is, how well could it come off in the absence of Mr. Brendel's poetry? Very well indeed.

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