William Zorach (1887 - 1966)
Baseball Catcher, c. 1930
13 ½ inches (height)
Signed at base
One of an edition of six (marked 1/6)
Tessim Zorach, Brooklyn, New York, 1985
John P. Axelrod, Boston, Massachusetts, until 1998
Private Collection, Massachusetts
NOTE: According to Peter Zorach, the Zorach family records indicate that Baseball Catcher is a lifetime cast. It was part of a planned edition of six, but it appears that only two were cast.
He was a teacher at the Des Moines Art Center, and at the Art Students League in New York City from 1929 to 1966.
Zorach was the recipient of numerous awards including: MFA, Bowdoin Club; DFA, Colby Club; Widener Memorial Medal; National Institute Arts and Letters gold medal; New York Architectural League honorable mention prize, Art Institute of Chicago, 1931, medal and purchase prize, 1932; others.
He exhibited at the Taylor Gallery, Downtown Gallery, Whitney Museum, Queens College, Brooklyn Museum, Zabriskie Gallery (all in NYC); Art Institute of Chicago; Art Students League; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.
His work can be found in the collections of Phillips Academy, Andover; Newark Museum; Webb Gallery, Vermont; Butler Institute, Youngstown, Ohio; University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Whitney Museum, Columbia University (both in NYC); and the IBM Collection. He was a contributor to Magazine of Art, Creative Arts, National Encyclopedia, and other publications. Zorach was also the author of Zorach Explains Sculpture.
Zorach died in Bath, Maine, on November 15, 1966.