Sculptor Takis Bends Nature’s Laws for Art

February 19, 2015 7:36 PM

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Sculptor Takis Bends Nature’s Laws for Art

TAKIS, THE SELF-TAUGHT Greek sculptor and inventor, likes to describe himself as an “instinctive scholar,” as so much of his art is about feeling his way forward with his hands and eyes, as opposed to sketching out ideas in advance. “An artist can express himself with any material,” he says. “The material itself is not special, as I would always transform it.”

Now, ahead of his 90th birthday in October, Takis’s talent for bending nature’s laws to art’s benefit is being rediscovered—and celebrated. The artist, whom Marcel Duchamp delighted in calling the “cheerful ploughman of magnetic fields,” is the subject of two major retrospectives: “Magnetic Fields” ...

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