ANTONI MILKOWSKI
(American, born 1935)

Antoni Milkowski, Seven

Seven, 1968 
Brushed steel 
HU86.84 
walking tour no. 11

Seven, a brushed steel sculpture by Tony Milkowski, was created in 1968. Part of a series of twenty-one pieces, it consists of seven 4 foot by 4 foot cubes, and measures 7 feet high by 28 feet long.

The scale is massive and lends itself well to an open environment. The placement of the geometric forms is devised in such a manner as to minimize the tremendous weight of the components.

When Seven is examined at close range, one can see that the artist has used unfinished edges similar to a drawn edge in painting. However, Seven, in its complete form, exhibits Milkowski's perfect mathematical manipulation. It becomes a new creation with every new perspective. From left to right, front to back, light to dark, from day to night, as well as the changing of seasons, the viewer is compelled to see Seven in a different way.

Milkowski attended Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio and Hunter College in New York, where he obtained an M.A. degree. In 1964-65, he received a Fulbright Fellowship to study in Poland where he also taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.

Sculptures by Milkowski are owned by the Museum of Art in New Orleans, the City of New York and the American Embassy in Warsaw, Poland.

Seven was added to the Hofstra Museum permanent collection in 1988 through the generosity of Patricia Johanson and Eugene Goosen.


Additional information online:
Set in Steel: The Sculpture of Antoni Milkowski, Hunter College, NY (press release)

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