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Albert W. Wein (1915 - 1991)
Fastball, 1979
16 x 17 1/4 x 6 inches
Signed on base: WEIN / TX 1991 copyright 1987 / 1979 12/12
One of an edition of twelve (marked 12/12)
[Childs Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts]
Private Collection, Wellesley, Massachusetts
D. Roger Howlett, Albert Wein: A Classic Modernist (Pittsfield, Massachusetts: Eagle Printing, n.d.), illustrated on back cover.
American sculptor Albert Wein was born in New York in 1915, and took his first art classes at the Maryland Institute as a young boy. He went on to study at the National Academy of Design in New York where he worked with painter Ivan Olinsky. By 1932, Wein was focusing on sculpture as a medium, and took classes at the Beaux Arts Institute in New York where he received classically academic training.

Stylistically, Wein had a strong interest in merging the Classical tradition with a more modern sensibility. Indeed, Wein won the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1947, which enabled him to travel to Rome for a year, and further refine his approach. His figures have great solidity and classical proportion derived from the past, yet are modernized by sleek planes and volumes.

Wein also won a Tiffany Foundation Fellowship, as well as a Rockefeller Foundation grant. His work was included in the seminal exhibition of American sculpture held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1952. He also was commissioned to contribute to the sculpture garden at Brookgreen Gardens and won the commission for the Libby Dam bas relief. In 2008, a retrospective of Wein’s work was held at the Boston Athenaeum.

Fast Ball captures a pitcher with his arm and weight thrown back, a moment of balance, focus and anticipation before the baseball is released to a waiting batter. Here, the figure has all the weight and solidity of a classical sculpture, yet the abstracted drapery and musculature are purely modern.