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Magdalena Abakanowicz, Polish artist behind headless sculptures in Grant Park, dies at age 86

Magdalena Abakanowicz, Polish artist behind headless sculptures in Grant Park, dies at age 86

Renowned sculptor and fiber artist Magdalena Abakanowicz, Poland's leading visual artist, has died at age 86, the rector of Warsaw's Academy of Fine Arts said Friday.

Abakanowicz' work was notable for her larger-than-life, headless human figures, arranged in crowds in open spaces.

She primarily used thick fibers, hardened with synthetic resins. But she also worked with metals, stone and wood. Her pieces were disturbing and fascinating at the same time.

“Abakanowicz drew from the human lot of the 20th century, the lot of a man destroyed by the disasters of that century, a man who wants to be born anew,” said Andrzej Szczerski, head of the National Museum in...

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