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Sculptor and scholar Geist dead at 91

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NEW YORK, Oct 22, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Sculptor, teacher and author Sidney Geist has died from complications of a stroke in New York at age 91.

Geist, a leading authority on the Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi, died Tuesday at the Jewish Home and Hospital, the New York Times reported Saturday.

As a sculptor, Geist used many cultures and individuals for inspiration, from American Indian art of the Northwest coast to Picasso, David Smith and Brancusi, the Times said. He used natural materials such as wood, stone and clay and never used machines in his work.

One critic told the Times his use of color was Geist's "greatest artistic achievement."

Geist taught himself Romanian so he could visit Brancusi's native county to research his seminal book, "Brancusi: A Study of the Sculpture," published in 1968. He published several more Brancusi books as well as a study of Cézanne.

His writings appeared in Art Digest, Arts, Artforum, The New Criterion and other publications. In 1953 and 1954 he wrote for Art Digest under the name Otis Gage.

Among his survivors as a son, a sister and a brother.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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