Stanley Bleifeld Bronze Sculpture, Malcolm X
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Artist: Stanley Bleifeld
Title: Malcolm X in Chains
Year: circa 1967
Medium: Bronze Sculpture, signature inscribed
Size: 20 3/4 inches tall including base
A sculptor and President of the National Sculpture Society from 1991 to 1993, Stanley Bleifeld was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and was an art student at Temple University in Philadelphia. He began his fine-art career as a painter. However, a visit to Italy and exposure to the bronzes of Donatello, Michelangelo, and Ghiberti changed his direction. Many of his early pieces were religious subjects, and reflected both painting and sculptural techniques in bas reliefs that had "liquid landscapes in undulating reliefs and free-flowing portraits reminiscent of classical fragments" (166-167). He later turned from these abstract pieces to more realistic figures in bronze.
In 1990, Bleifeld received the Henry Hering memorial Medal of the National Sculpture Society for his over life-size figure, "Lone Sailor", at the Visitors Center in Washington DC. It is a single bronze figure, seven feet high, standing on the "largest map of the world---a 100 foot-diameter granite gridwork", which symbolizes all the men and women of the Armed Forces through this one sailor with his hands in his pocket and looking out over the whole world. In keeping with the theme of water, the "Lone Sailor" is surrounded by fountains, waterfalls, and pools. Another work by Bleifeld is the sculpture group, "Homecoming", for the Visitors Center, located behind the "Lone Sailor" memorial.
Bleifeld has also been a workshop teacher including the Scottsdale Artists School in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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