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Kaish sculpture in Collis

Luise Kaish, American, 1925-2013

Polished aluminum
Gift of Melissa Kaish Dorfman, Class of 1983; 2012.71

In the summer of 1974, Luise Kaish and her husband, the painter Morton Kaish, were joint artists-in-residence at Dartmouth College. Her work from this time focused on polished metal surfaces and abstract structures inspired by the work of Constantin Brancusi, Alexander Calder, and the Russian constructivists, especially Naum Gabo and Antoine Pevsner. Designed to be shown in a public space where it can rotate and reflect the surroundings in its mirror-like aluminum surface, Sphere was considered by the artist to be among the most successful of her kinetic abstract sculptures. Kaish had fond memories of her time at Dartmouth, and especially of her interactions with students, so it is fitting that this sculpture now hangs in the Collis Center for Student Involvement, where it can be enjoyed and studied by Dartmouth students for generations to come.


Last Updated: 8/27/13