I Love My Baby / A Love of Wood
November 11, 2020 – March 21, 2021
A recent gift to the museum, Chaim Gross’s I Love My Baby (1948) is an outstanding example of direct carving from a single piece of hardwood. A master of the medium, Gross wrote the essential instructional resource on the subject, The Technique of Wood Sculpture (1957). The book features photographs by documentary photographer Eliot Elisofon. With I Love My Baby as a centerpiece, the artist’s process is examined through several preparatory drawings, Elisofon’s photographs of Gross at work, a selection of the artist’s tools, and a short film that follows Gross through the creation of a single sculpture.
Above: Views of Chaim Gross, I Love My Baby, 1948. Lignum vitae. Gift of Mimi Gross