Boris Lovet-Lorski Lithuanian/American, 1894-1973

Overview

Boris Lovet-Lorski was born in Lithuania in 1894. He entered the Royal Academy in Petrograd to train to be an architect. His sculptures combine the influences from his architectural background with such other influences as Art Deco as well as other modern, tribal, oriental, and ancient motifs. The results are a wonderfully distinct mixture of originality and style. Such a combination of unique and unusual artistry of design with a pleasing breath of originality quickly brought an audience of critical acclaim and resulted in his first one-man show in Boston in 1925. Coincidentally Lovet-Lorski became an American citizen that very same year.  He next traveled to Wisconsin to teach at the Milwaukee Art Institute. While there he developed an ever-widening reputation which brought eventually and ultimately him to New York where he began to exhibit at the Wildenstein Gallery in 1928. His time spent in Hollywood in the 1930’s where he designed portraits and busts of celebrated people, high society figures, actors, and musicians elevated his reputation to a glamorous position of distinction. His success can be measured by his ability to maintain studios simultaneously in New York, Rome, and Paris.

Memberships

Legion of Honor

Lotus Club

National Academy of Design

Salons of Paris

Society of Independent Artists

Exhibitions

Grace Horn Gallery, Boston, 1920

Milwaukee Art Institute

Reinhardt Gallery, 1925

Art Institute of Chicago, 1932, 1940

Caracas (solo exhibition)

London (solo exhibition)

Manila (solo exhibition)

New York City (solo exhibition)

Philadelphia (solo exhibition)

Museums and Public Collections

American Embassy, Rome

Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris

Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University

Boston University

Brandeis University (Bust of John F. Kennedy, 1965)

British Museum, London

City Hall, Decatur, Illinois

City of Paris (Busts of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Charles De Gaulle, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John

Foster Dulles)

Columbia University

Dumbarton Oaks

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Luxembourg Museum, Paris

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Petit Palais, Paris

Royal Family of Greece

Royal Family of Italy

St. Jean, France

San Diego Fine Arts Society

San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts

Seattle Art Museum

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago

Washington Dulles International Airport

Wichita State University Outdoor Sculpture Collection, Kansas

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