Roszak, Theodore (rôˈshäk) [key], 1907–81, American sculptor, b. Poland. Commencing his artistic career as a painter, Roszak began in the late 1930s to create constructions in plastics and metal. In the postwar period his style underwent an abrupt change in the direction of irregular and explosive forms, symbolic and fantastic in content. Roszak's Thorn Blossom (Whitney Mus., New York City) and Whaler of Nantucket (1952; Art Inst. of Chicago) are representative examples that carried sculpture toward abstract expressionism.
See study by H. H. Arnason (1956).
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