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Elie Nadelman
Date: 1882 - 1946
(not assigned):United States, Furnace Creek
Remarks: The avant-garde sculptor Elie Nadelman (1882-1946) is widely recognized for his elegant and spare modernist sculpture. Less well-known is Nadelman's role as a pioneer in collecting folk art in this country and his impressive material legacy acquired by the Historical Society in 1937. Influenced by the folk arts of his native Poland and other European countries, Nadelman began collecting shortly after he emigrated to New York City in 1914. Acquisitions spanned a variety of media, including furniture, sculpture, paintings, ceramics, glass, iron, pewter, drawings and watercolors, and household tools. The New-York Historical Society holds more than 1,600 objects collected by Nadelman, more than any other single repository. In 1937, the New-York Historical Society purchased the lion's share of the immense collection - which was estimated to have cost Nadelman half a million dollars to assemble - for $50,000.