Maurice Glickman (Romanian-American, 1906-1981)

Maurice Glickman was an American sculptor, writer, teacher, lecturer and painter who’s art education began at the Educational Alliance Art School after emigrating from Romania to New York City at the age of 15. He immediately showed an extraordinary talent in multiple mediums but would soon develop a lifelong affinity for sculpture. With a preference for working in bronze, wood and stone, he was celebrated by his contemporaries and critics as a modern master. His first solo exhibition was at the Morton Gallery in New York in 1931. Only 3 years later he was awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. In 1935 he returned to the Educational Alliance Art School as an instructor where he would train future master sculptors such as Leonard Baskin. Glickman arranged Baskin’s first exhibition in 1939. While he continued to advance in painting, producing several public murals under the Works Progress Administration, sculpture remained his primary focus. He was widely sought after as a lecturer and authored several articles and books on techniques and history on sculpture and sculptors. His works remain in many important permanent collections. Notably, the Department of the Interior Museum in Washington D.C. permanently displays one of the WPA’s great commissions, Glickman’s life-sized bronze sculpture, “Negro Mother and Child”. This work is featured in the Smithsonian Institution Press publication “The Outdoor Sculpture of Washington, D.C., A Comprehensive Historical Guide” which provides this description. “Barefoot and simply dressed, the mother stands with arms folded across her chest. Her son stands in front of her, hands clenching his belt. Their solemn expressions and stance reveal a determination to survive together in a changing world."

Studied 
Educational Alliance Art School, NYC 1921-26 
Art Students League 1927, 1929-1930 

Member
National Sculpture Society
Sculptors Guild (founding member)
United American Artists
American Artists Congress

Work 
Robertson Memorial Art Center; Binghamton, NY 
Howard University 
Albany Institute of History & Art 
Joseph Hirshhorn Collection, Washington D.C. 
Queens College Collection, NY 
Department of the Interior Museum, Washington D.C. 
US Treasury Department, NJ 
United States Post Offices (Ashburn, GA. South River, NJ. Northampton, PA.)
Museum of Western Art; Moscow, Russia

Exhibited
Salons of America, 1931
Morton Gallery, 1931
Museum of Modern Art, 1935
Pennsylvania Museum of Art, 1938, 1940
World’s Fair New York, 1939
Whitney Museum of American Art, 1937-61
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1941
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, 1938-42, 1951, 1960
Parson’s School of Design, 1977

Awards
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1934

Publications Authored 
“The Sculptor and His Market”, 1941 
“On Wood Carving”, 1943 
“The Tools of the Sculptor”, 1949 
“Techniques in Sculpture”, 1960 
“Six Lectures on Six Master Sculptors”, 1961 

References
Falk (ed.), Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975
Falk (ed.), Annual Exhibition Record, NAD
Falk (ed.), Annual Exhibition Record, 1914-68, PAFA
Denoon, Posters of the WPA
Opitz (ed.), Dictionary of American Sculptors
Contreras, Tradition and Innovation in New Deal Art
Park, New Deal for Art: The Govt. Art Projects of the 1930s
(and many more important art references)